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  • You Can Count on Me

    You Can Count on Me

    ★★★★★

    Ain't it swell to come back to a film after... Wow, 20 years(?!) And it holds up aboht as brilliantly as it did the first time around? Kenneth Lonergan finds the quiet and intense poetry in the "flawed" people of the world, and his script is just the right length for us to get to know these people and see them grow or just learn about themselves (if only by small increments) by the end. This was my first exposure to Linney and Ruffalo too, and their work here is among their best in casting that helps to bring out the humanity in Lonergan's text.

  • Straight Up

    Straight Up

    So, this will be one of those rare times when I start to watch something and stop and dont even give it a goddamn star rating. I dont think Kate Findlay is a problem, or at least not on the whole - she fires off some of the (intended) comedic lines with as much success as she can and I found a few of her deliveries worked - it all goes down to this director-writer-actor James Sweeny. I just.... This…

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★½

    Credits:
    Godzilla - Himself
    King Ghidorah - Himself
    Mothra - Herself
    Rodan - Himself

    DAMN right!

    Wow. An umabashed love letter to Japanese monster movie fans, and I mean that as a compliment. Michael Dougherty also manages to have solid sense of big blockbuster movie pacing, and we get if not fully dimesional then more interesting human characters than the 2014 film... Though on further reflection, this is an edit a week later after writing this, there are... Flaws. Like,…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

    "So horribly sad. How is it I feel like laughing?"

    Seriously, it's a strange thing for me to give this 5 stars because it almost feels like a duty to do so because of its status as a classic thriller and for its set pieces... actually that's not really true, but I'll get to what I love about the movie in a moment.

    I think that Hitchcock here is doing (and try to follow me on this) what JJ Abrams…