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  • Southern Comfort

    Southern Comfort

    ★½

    Probably forgotten for a reason. Directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs., Red Heat, Last Man Standing), the premise on this one was intriguing enough for me to hit play (loose cannon soldiers training for Vietnam in swampy Louisiana piss off the local rednecks) but in reality there was just waaaay too much machismo on display here for my tastes. Also, I'm pretty sure they slit a real pig's throat in this. Dated - and not in any type of good way.

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker

    ★★★★

    There are 4 top-line actors in this that eventually featured in Marvel movies...

    Jeremy Renner
    Anthony Mackie
    Evangeline Lilly
    Guy Pearce

    ...and there are 5 if you count Ralph Fiennes, who stars in the upcoming Kingsman series prequel The King's Man (the original comic series in which the films are based was published by Icon Comics - Marvel's creator-owned comics imprint).

    Is this the non-Marvel film with the most Marvel-film actors?

    Also, still great - but Inglorious Basterds shoulda won that year.

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  • Slow West

    Slow West

    ★★★★½

    Slow West is like if Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Jim Jarmusch bore a love child in New Zealand, then raised it in old west Colorado, with the life expectancy of a kiddie film's runtime. (And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.)

    Discussed in full on episode #139 of the Cinereelists podcast.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    In theaters October 31, 2014.

    Wow, what a deliciously creepy film first-time director Dan Gillroy has here. Gyllenhaal plays his hand perfectly as a cold obsessive who finds career opportunity in capturing crime footage as fast and as grizzly as possible in order to sell it at the highest price to the local news, a pursuit that eventually leads him to bend the rules of the game - along with everyone around him. A+, would watch again.

    Discussed in episode…