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  • Little Giants

    Little Giants

    ★★

    What is that?

    Cheetos...

    Crunchy or puffed?

    Puffed...

    Wimp

    Apparently Spielbergo saw a Mcdonalds super bowl ad in the early 90s that featured this film's premise, and he wanted it turned into a movie, so he hired the ads creator to write the script, got a Twin Peaks editor to direct, and recruited none other than Janusz Kamiński, fresh off Schindler's List, to shoot the thing. There certainly are some laugh out loud moments, coming mostly from the dialogue and…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★★★

    Free Fire takes the period aesthetic of High-Rise and combines it with the single location concept of A Field in England, and the result is another winner for Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump. This is probably the most accessible Wheatley & Jump joint, though I am sure that the concept and the pacing will turn some people off completely. Once things were set into motion in the film, and it was obvious that we were doing an A Field in England

  • The Zodiac Killer

    The Zodiac Killer

    ★★★

    This is certainly a bizarre film, combining recreations of the actual killings by the Zodiac killer, with fictionalized scenes that attempt to craft a story about the Zodiac. The film has a unique structure, in that the first half introduces a couple characters that could be the Zodiac, and then the second half reveals who it is, and we follow him. The recreations of the actual killings are weird to watch, given their similarities to Fincher's Zodiac, and one would…

  • Seven Wonders of the World

    Seven Wonders of the World

    ★★★★★

    I was skeptical whether or not Blu would be able to capture Cinerama at home, but the Cinerama restorers and Flicker Alley were able to do it spectacularly, and these discs are certainly worth the money. This is the first Cinerama/Flicker Alley release that I have seen, and I am impressed that these discs are meant to capture the experience of Cinerama, as much as they are to just get the films out there. The Smilebox framing does an amazing…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★

  • The Survivalist

    The Survivalist

    ★★★★

    Two things:

    I don't think there is a single smile in this film. It is all very depressing, but in a very purposeful way.

    There is a scene in this film that I just couldn't watch, like I had to cover my eyes, and I was seriously squirming. I cannot recall the last time that has happened to me, so I respect the film for getting that response out of me.

  • Dangerfreaks

    Dangerfreaks

    ★★★★

    Brian Trenchard Smith directed this, The Stuntmen and Stunt Rock. They all liberally use a large chunk of the same Grant Page stunt footage, though to different ends. Stunt Rock is a feature film, that involves a fictional narrative with Grant Page going to America to meet up with the band Sorcery. The Stuntmen is a made for television stuntman documentary, with the focus not being as much on Grant Page, as it is on stuntmen in general. Dangerfreaks is…

  • Blood Rage

    Blood Rage

    ★★★★

    The whole time watching this I felt that the Mom was doing a lot of what Ellen Burnstyn would go on to do in Requiem for a Dream performance wise, and it turns out the actress is in Requiem for a Dream, though I don't remember her part at all...eerie.

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    Let's jump into it. There are some spoilers here.

    Given the themes of the movie, it is interesting to note that Jarmusch made a big change with his last film Only Lovers Left Alive. To my knowledge, Jarmusch had never shot a film on digital until OLLA, and according to IMDB trivia "had a distaste" for digital. However, OLLA was shot with an Alexa camera, as is Paterson, and Jarmusch is creating some of the best looking digital films being…

  • The Last Detail

    The Last Detail

    ★★★★★

  • Hard Ticket to Hawaii

    Hard Ticket to Hawaii

    ★★★★

    "Oh wow, far out, James Bond did that in Live And Let Die. That was really gnarly."

    Not well versed in the Andy Sidaris canon, I felt I might have been missing out on some of the stuff with this flick, but I still enjoyed it all the same. The film is playing in this weird zone, where it is clearly self conscious enough for a lot of the humour to be intentional, though at the same time it isn't…

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    ★★

    I was going to dedicate this watch in honor of April the 4th or (Ape-Will DaFoe'th), which is why I sought out a Willem Dafoe starring vehicle, but I am instead dedicating this watch to the final shot of the film, and the transition to the closing credits. Admittedly, I was seriously dropping lid during the last forty five minutes of the film, but that finale snapped me back into things, and I absolutely loved what I was seeing and…