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  • 5 Broken Cameras 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    In this Oscar nominated documentary, Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer chronicles the nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. The people of Bil'in, a West Bank village just want to protect their land from encroaching Israeli settlements, but their nonviolent demonstrations are met with teargas, arrests, and worse. Through the use of 5 different cameras (all of which end up broken) Emad documents the efforts of the resistance.

    Documentaries like this are so frustrating. The fact they need…

  • Certified Copy 2010

    ★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, a film that is well liked by critics both professional and amateur is a film I thought was good, but it didn't quite resonate with me. In someways it reminded me of Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy, mainly due to the abundance of walking and talking. The difference being I just wasn't as into these characters.

    In Tuscany to promote his latest book, British writer James Miller (William Shimell) meets a French woman named Elle (Juliette Binoche).…

  • The Long Goodbye 1973

    ★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2014

    "It's ok with me."

    The Long Goodbye is director Robert Altman's update of Raymond Chandler's novel of the same name. It's a mystery in the film noir tradition. Elliott Gould stars as Philip Marlowe, a private dick who attempts to help his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) who's accused of murdering his wife. The police threaten to charge Marlowe as an accessory to murder, but free him when Terry turns up dead in Mexico as the result of an apparent…

  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2014 4

    Film 3 on my Watched With the Wife list.

    GODDAMN IT! Fuck this fucking movie. Fuck you Hachi: A Dog's Tale for what can only be called emotional rape. You're not even that good a movie. You toyed with my love of dogs, and raped the tears from my eyes which came like a fucking waterfall. I feel like I need a goddamn support group now.

    Ron's recommendation: Must see for dog lovers. Just make sure you have an economy size box of fucking tissues.

  • Harsh Times 2005

    ★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    Well FUCK that was interesting. I like Christian Bale quite a bit. Even in bad movies like Out of the Furnace, I still thought he was good, but I didn't like his performance in David Ayer's Harsh Times much at all. It's not that he was bad or wasn't trying; I just didn't think it was a fit. Bale seemed completely out of place as an ex-military guy hanging out in the hood with his hispanic friends.

    Jim (Christian Bale)…

  • Doc of the Dead 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    Doc of the Dead which is obviously a documentary about zombies is somewhat interesting, but it's too unfocused to be what I'd call a good documentary. Director Alexandre O. Philippe tries to cover too much in too short a time. The film goes into everything from the origins of the zombie, zombie films, zombie books, and "zombie culture". It jumps around from the African and voodoo origins to zombie walks and doomsday prep. The fast vs slow zombie debate is…

  • Fight Club 1999

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 Aug, 2014 6

    Film 12 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.

    Man it's been awhile since I revisited David Fincher's near masterpiece Fight Club. It's been a personal favorite of mine since I first saw it back in 1999. It's a film that spawned actually fight clubs, but the title alone does not accurately depict what this film is about. The "Fight Club" is a mere front for one man's fucked up mental journey. A journey most of us would only get to go…

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Aug, 2014 2

    Blue Ruin succeeds at being a competent thriller for two reasons. 1. Director Jeremy Saulnier who wrote, directed, and shot the film is in complete control as he weaves his tale of revenge with expert craftsmanship. 2. Macon Blair who plays his main character Dwight is perfect in the role. He's in almost every scene, and you can see and practically feel Dwight struggling desperately with himself on Blair's face. He's an unheralded actor and he's absolutely brilliant here.

    Macon…

  • Serpico 1973

    ★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014 2

    Including Serpico I've now seen six of Sidney Lumet's films. I've enjoyed them all, but for now Serpico is my least favorite. It just wasn't as interest or entertaining as the five other films I've seen which include 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Find Me Guilty, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

    Al Pacino plays Jack Serpico, in this true story of a whistleblowing cop who exposed rampant corruption on the force only to have his comrades…

  • Veronica Mars 2014

    ★★½ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    I've never seen the Veronica Mars tv show nor do I plan to. It's a show that never interested me that aired on a network I rarely if ever watched. Apparently it was well liked by critics and had a kind of cult following, but it didn't get the kind of ratings the network wanted so it was cancelled after 3 seasons. I honestly had forgotten all about the show until the movie surfaced. Creator Rob Thomas along with the…

  • Ravenous 1999

    ★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 2

    Antonia Bird's Ravenous is a film that's fairly original and one that had great potential. The problem is it never quite lives up to that potential. The premise is a good one, but after an impressive setup it becomes a monotonous and often boring horror film that's more disappointing than bad.

    Guy Pearce stars as Capt. John Boyd. A man who's act of cowardice during the Mexican-American war has landed him at a desolate military outpost in California's Sierra Nevada…

  • Chicken Run 2000

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Aug, 2014 2

    Today was my oldest son Yorel's 4th birthday. My wife and I wanted to pick a movie to watch that the kids hadn't seen. I'd seen Chicken Run before, but my wife and two sons had not. I didn't like it as much on this re-watch as I did back in 2000 but I still liked it and my wife and kids enjoyed it. I would write a proper review but I can't think about or watch this film without this review popping into my head. DirkH said everything you need to know in one sentence.