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  • Creep

    Creep 2014

    ★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2015

    While the found-footage / POV horror genre certainly could use a few more shots in the arm of bizarre-awkward darkly-comedic moments such as many seen here, I couldn't help but feel like I had seen a different movie than those who have rated this so highly.

    It's not much more than a pretty alright attempt, buoyed by Mark's performance and the aforementioned scenes of tonal toying.

    Otherwise, when it wants to be legitimately Creepy, it sorta falters, and in many…

  • The Search for General Tso

    The Search for General Tso 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2015

    Maybe it's because I expected this to be an extremely fluffy piece with a hyper focus on the titular dish, but I was surprised that this offered such a good overview of the history behind American Chinese restaurants and history.

    Sure, it's probably American Chinese Food 101, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Juice

    Juice 1992

    ★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2015

    Not quite as good as I had hoped... That soundtrack, though.

  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    Straight Outta Compton is a great movie - exciting, electric and engrossing - that becomes nothing more than a good movie about half way through or so.

    Once the film shifts into standard biopic territory - stretching out we'll get the group back together dramatics while sprinkling in some he's coughing and looking sick so in half an hour obviously something will go wrong for good measure - it falters. It's bizarre to use this trick in movies like this,…

  • Aloha

    Aloha 2015

    Watched 14 Aug, 2015

    Ouch.

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Aug, 2015

    Raw and emotionally honest coming-of-age film with - gasp! - a thoroughly complex main character who's misplaced lust, immaturity and confusion is presented plainly and bluntly, though never condescendingly.

    It's crazy how refreshing it is to see a character like Minnie on the big screen - angst, aspirations, fantasies and all - spiraling her way though burgeoning sexuality without judgement.

    Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig both put in phenomenal performances and give the film its share of laughs, despite the morally complicated and dark tone presented at times.

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

    ★★★ Rewatched 07 Aug, 2015 2

    Second time viewing - we watched this one with the parents while visiting home.

    Does about just what it needs - having circled back to Patriot Games recently has helped me deal with the shift into action-flick mode at the climax. Doesn't seem as ridiculous now that I've seen the boat-finale of the former.

    The way the movie treats Jack's wife as a hostage still leaves a sour taste - especially after trying its damndest to explore their relationship under…

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four 2015

    ★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2015

    Discussed at length in Episode 177 of our See You Next Wednesday Podcast.

    This was no where near as bad as everyone is saying.

    Is it flawed in a big, big way? Absolutely.

    But for two-thirds of its running time, it's quite great - a sci-fi film contrasting wonder and horror, culminating in a terrific and near-horrifying sequence to introduce Doom and then... oof.

    The movie decides that it needs to have an action scene, that these kinds of film…

  • Quiet Cool

    Quiet Cool 1986

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Aug, 2015

    Joe (James Remar, an unhinged cop who rides his motorcycle down into and onto the New York city subway) teams up with Joshua (Adam Coleman Howard, a survivalist-minded teenager) to seek revenge on a pack of bloodthirsty and small-town-menacing pot-farmers who have murdered Joshua's parents (one of which was Joe's ex-girlfriend's brother.)

    It may sound confusing, but the film keeps its pace cycling back-and-forth between utterly-batshit-over-the-top and straight-up suspenseful - a large portion of the film is silent and tense,…

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2015

    Something about this mission feels a little more featherweight than usual, but in a breezy-entertainment kind of way.

    I had fun with it.

  • Philadelphia

    Philadelphia 1993

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    Demme, man.

    Great use of the courtroom set-up / tropes with smartly constructed character work - and it doesn't overplay obvious moments (or, at least, when it does, it's executed with stylish visual twists.)

  • The Philadelphia Experiment

    The Philadelphia Experiment 1984

    ★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    Imagine if John Carpenter had actually directed this instead?