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  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2015

    Well, that was goddamn fantastic - I kept waiting for the movie to fumble something huge, like I had heard it does, but it kept the measured pace and grip-tight hold on me the entire time.

  • '71

    '71 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    Don't cut yr nails before seeing this one because you'll NEED 'EM FOR BITIN'. OR: Shoulda been half price because I only needed half the seat.

  • Arachnophobia

    Arachnophobia 1990

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Mar, 2015

    Arachnophobia remains completely watchable in the best way - so many small-but-hilarious acting moments in here.

    The only real problem could be the score, which is pretty overwhelming at times - what's up with the harmonica jamz any time Goodman is on screen?

    Doesn't matter a pinch though, because that character will never fail to crack me right the heck up.

  • Honeymoon

    Honeymoon 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    Promising debut indie-horror from Leigh Janiak, who wisely keeps things fairly stripped down and tense until the (kind-of expected/predicted) finale.

    Some of the dialogue irked me (the couple begins as the most actor-y newlyweds that have ever actor-ed, and then moves on to shouting the same thing over and over by the end of the film), but overall it's well acted for the most part and looks fantastic.

    I could have used a bit more oomph to the themes going on under the hood, but I'm definitely interested to see what Leigh does next.

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed 1990

    ★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    Viewed the Theatrical Cut of Nightbreed for the first time. Man, there are problems in here that I can't even imagine a Director's Cut could ever fix.

    That said, totally worth watching for the effects and scale. There's some pretty goofy shit going on in here, but some pretty cool effects work to go "Coooool!" at.

    I'll check out the extended cut eventually, but yeah, there's a lot in here that just does not work for me.

  • Frank

    Frank 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    Way better than I could have even imagined - Frank starts well enough, but it's the final act that really pushed this one over the top for me.

    The final scene of this movie could have been awkward, but the film sticks its landing pretty much perfectly - and in a way that reveals so much more about the story you had been watching than any other ending would have.

    Fantastic stuff.

  • The Cobbler

    The Cobbler 2014

    ★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    The Cobbler begins as a Woody Allen-lite concept with some potential (I would have been fine just hanging around these shops with Sandler and Buchemi the whole movie) turns into something much more bizarre as the film goes on.

    First, with its magical reality twist, which could have been fine, and second with where the film ends up in its finale - which also could have been the start to an interesting movie.

    Unfortunately, the film fucks up pretty much…

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★½ Watched 09 Mar, 2015 4

    Not nearly as bad as everyone is saying, and yet not nearly good enough to justify railing against those doing the railing.

    This movie, like Blomkamp's previous film, is amazingly rendered and critically flawed. This movie is like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 of dusty-robo-sci-fi movies - why does it need all of these characters, when it is clearly so disinterested in properly lining any of them up?

    Not one, but two major villains plus a few maybe-good-maybe-not for good measure,…

  • Corvette Summer

    Corvette Summer 1978

    ★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2015

    This light, breezy 70s coming-of-age flick is actually surprisingly well shot and constructed. Some moments haven't aged well, but mostly it's a fine and funny way to pass an hour and a half on the weekend.

    Definitely not the total mis-fire that I had expected.

  • Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade

    Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade 2007

    ★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2015

    (But actually, still a fair companion piece to King of Kong. It lacks the underdog story to propel the film, but it still mostly works for those already interested in these characters.)

  • Easy A

    Easy A 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Had been meaning to see this for years, but finally getting around to it. Very funny - Emma Stone pretty much holds the whole fort down here, though the supporting cast have some wonderful moments around her.

  • The Boyfriend School

    The Boyfriend School 1990

    ★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    "It stinks!"