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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2016 1

    Michael Almereyda fills his movie about Stanley Milgram with an anything-goes sense of style; elephants wander, the fourth wall is shattered, whole scenes are staged against photographic back drops and more.

    It completely works, as the movie about a man who theorized that humankind are puppets with perception and awareness of their strings is bringing attention to the strings that come with adapting his life to film.

    It's wonderful.

  • Detention

    Detention 2011

    ★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2016 3

    I watched this some time last week and forgot to log it; I still can't decide whether I really enjoyed it or actually hated it, so this is landing near the middle. It's certainly something, that's for sure.

  • SubUrbia

    SubUrbia 1996

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2016

    I feel like too many people go into this movie thinking it'll be a Linklater-style joint rather than a Bogosian one; underrated imo.

  • Home for the Holidays

    Home for the Holidays 1972

    ★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2016

    A flat but interesting TV-movie entry in the proto-slasher cannon, predating Halloween and Black Christmas; bonus points for Sally Field and Jessica Walter, the latter of which is chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow.

    It's expectedly molasses-paced - this is an Movie of the Week, remember - but there's some minor fun to be had watching great thesps maneuver through as silly a plot as this. For TV movie fans only, really.

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  • A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman

    A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman 2015

    ★★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2016

    Charming look at the story of Aardman animation; basically at the level of above-average bonus feature documentary. Good fun, nonetheless.

  • The Monster

    The Monster 2016

    ★★★ Watched 27 Nov, 2016

    An almost perfect storm of not as good as the sum of its parts.

    The cast puts in great performances, the practical effects are (mostly) effective (and at least when they go goofy, they're still practical effects), the cinematography makes great use of darkness and overall looks terrific, but the movie never quite makes it all the way there.

    The Monster opens strongly, and ends on a really wonderful moment, but the actual monster-attack moments feel like spinning wheels; neither…

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers 1992

    ★★★½ Rewatched 26 Nov, 2016

    Such a watchable movie; always fun to revisit.

  • Sunspring

    Sunspring 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2016

    "He looks at me... and he throws me out of his eyes."

    Give an A.I. a barrel of screenplays and it'll write something incomprehensible yet oddly funny and sad, with moments of total clarity; bizarre but also absolutely fascinating.

  • Shenandoah

    Shenandoah 2012

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2016

    It's hard to watch the end of this film, seeing small-town America taking baby steps towards anti-racism in light of everything that his happening in America currently.

    Though Shenandoah is rough from a filmic standpoint - some rough editing, rough sound design, rough footage at times - it makes up for it in some unflinching scenes of festering small-town bigotry with pockets of silver linings.

    In particular, one juvenile charged in the film's centrally focused hate-crime is basically asked to sort through and comment upon his own racism on-camera and seeing that is at once fascinating and scary.

  • Little Men

    Little Men 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2016

    My parents have been friends with their next-door neighbors for years; they would come over for seasonal celebrations from time to time, even. One summer, while the neighbors were away, my father trimmed some plants that grow between the two fences that divide each property line - just as he had every year prior. Somehow, this blossomed into a full-on argument between the two families and now they no longer share those moments together as they used to.

    This came…

  • Sour Grapes

    Sour Grapes 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2016

    That's one fuck off secret Wine Cellar. The reveal of Rudy's house is worth the price of admission alone.A pretty solidly entertaining documentary.