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#779: 3/31/2016

Bridget Jones's Diary

Terrible. This unapologetically spoiled, stupid girl derives all of her power from how many men want to sleep with her at a given time, and rather than improve herself so as to actually become a truly empowered woman she just makes light of how incompetent she is so that she can still be accepted without having to actually get better. Really one of the worst role models for girls I can think of.

#778: 3/24/2016

Trainspotting

Excellent. I appreciate the cynicism and hedonistic philosophy much more now, having spent the last six years in LA.

#777: 2/19/2016

Hail Caesar

Entertaining. Nice to see a studio exec portrayed in a positive light for once.

#776: 2/15/2016

Talladega Nights

This was fairly funny, not amazing, but ok

#775: 1/5/2016

The Revenant

The coldness of this movie hit a little too close to home for me, hilariously. Seems I am still recovering from 21 years of Canadian winters. But this was a great epic. Tom Hardy was fantastic, as always. I thought the ending felt a little contrived or something but overall it was really an experience.

#774: 12/26/2015

The Big Short

Great movie, did a solid job of explaining a lot of information in a captivating way. Looking forward to watching it again.

#773: 11/19/2015

The Social Network

Ok this is relatable, but less so than some people would think. My favorite character is Sean Parker, but I do like how Eisenberg brought a cutting confidence to a very nerdy role. Kind of like as if he was rolling his eyes at everyone who pitied him. But as far as accuracy, I'd say this was way off in a number of ways. Like I'm pretty sure real Zuckerberg has been in a long term relationship since late adolescence, not pining over some lost love. And I still find the rapid-fire, multithreaded dialogue of the first scene to be a fairly absurd depiction of supreme intelligence. Actually, I'd say that intelligent people usually talk slower than the average guy, because they spend more time thinking before they speak. ... I did like Sean Parker quite a bit, I learn the most important tips from that character rather than anyone else... Overall a solid film. Hopefully Sorkin's Jobs pic is just as good.

#772: 11/7/2015

Trainwreck

Really funny. Expresses some overdue perspectives on social finesse and authenticity. Schumer rarely disappoints. Also was nice to see Hader in a more serious role.

#771: 11/1/2015

Breathe In (half)

The first half. Not off to a great start. Mostly just a lot of silent longing from behind a door frame or through a window. Feels pretentious.

#770: 10/31/2015

50 First Dates

Blaiz wanted to watch this. It was ok. I dont think this is the first time she showed it to me.

#769: 10/25/2015

Breathe In (half)

The latter half. This was a disappointment. I was expecting more from Doremus and Felicity. But I guess it's pretty rare for lightning to hit the same spot twice.

#768: 10/20/2015

The Princess Bride

Never fails. The opening pastoral sequence still stands out as one of the most romantic scenes ever put to screen. This film has a certain quiet dignity and hope (not naiveté) that is lost in today's movies (and to a larger extent, society). It is a film about ideals, the ideal of true love specifically. What is more important than that? Where would you find such a thing in modern entertainment? For all of our irreverence (which I love), we have lost something priceless. It is time we bring it back.

#767: 10/16/2015

Nightcrawler

This really is an intense movie. Bloom's character is very interesting, and someone I have a good deal in common with, though I thus far haven't needed to orchestrate murders for my professional success, but perhaps that's because I'm working in tech rather than entertainment... I found Bloom's romantic relationship with his employer, the older woman, odd for many reasons. First of all, his strategy of coercing her into sexual acts is both perplexing due to her age, and also really just an ineffective approach (I would know). And not to be a dick, but again, like, she is really old. Perhaps in the screenplay his sexual attraction made more sense but lost credibility during casting. Ok I'm mean. Sue me. Moving on. Bloom's capacity for rational thought far supersedes most people today, and technically, a good philosopher could probably justify more of his actions than most people are comfortable with, but he did cross the line in a couple instances, such as when he sabotaged his competitor's car. Of course, most of the tragedies in this film could've been avoided, had Bloom been even more developed, or had Rick been even modestly so. But perhaps figuring out where the blame truly lies is the whole point of the movie.

#766: 10/2/2015

V for Vendetta

Watched this with Blaiz. Politically, it seems as relevant as ever, but stylistically, it hasn't aged well. What once seemed like clever word play, now feels pretentious and annoying.

#765: 8/23/2015

Nightcrawler

Excellent movie, especially the confrontation between Bloom and Rick, and the overarching themes of ambition, initiative, integrity, and having to tolerate incompetence in others in an effort to accomplish something bigger. Glorifying a character like Bloom is certainly a controversial move, but one that has made me see Gyllenhaal in a much higher regard. My favorite, and most relatable scenes, were the two in which Rick blackmailed Bloom, and the following scene in which Bloom delivered the following speech: "What if my problem wasn't that I don't understand people, but that I don't like them? What if I was obliged to hurt you for something like this, I mean, physically? I think you'd have to believe afterwards, if you could, that agreeing to participate, and then backing out at the critical moment was a mistake. Cause that's what I'm telling you. As clearly as I can."

#764: 6/28/2015

Inside Out

Great concept, mediocre execution. If this was more scientifically accurate, the artistic metaphors would've flowed easier and been more enlightening.

#763: 5/21/2015

Mad Max - Fury Road

This was an experience. Powerful, very compelling. Shame that the environmentalism went a bit over board... like really, the ocean evaporates in 30 years? But nevertheless quite a feat. There are a few shots that will stick with me... the women getting out of the tank in the desert, the part at the beginning when he almost gets free but then swings back in... some great stuff

#762: 5/9/2015

Election

excellent. better than i remembered. i liked how it tells a larger story of how an event affected many interesting characters (archetypes), in ways no single one of them could fully understand. a bird's eye view of our funny little world, without judgment, just accuracy.

#761: 4/22/2015

Interstellar

Watched this with Lucas one particular evening. Very reminiscent of A Space Odyssey... perhaps not quite the same caliber but captivating nonetheless.

#760: 3/6/2015

Guardians of the Galaxy (half)

Kinda funny but too many explosions and such. I just don't get excited by that stuff, regardless of how over-the-top the sound and gfx departments want to be.

#759: 2/12/2015

Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (half)

Very strong opening scene, really captures that sense of a free spirit and the beauty of nature. Also the scene when he's captured. Like this horse didn't even know slavery existed. So a really powerful and important perspective that we city-dwellers need to see. However it is not without its flaws. It does impose too many human traits into an animal that simply doesn't have those functions (like when the leader horse infers to the younger horses not to make too much noise while the rest of the herd is sleeping). It's stronger when it sticks to a more realistic depiction. Nevertheless it appears to be a really great perspective and world so I will have to finish this one later.

#758: 1/24/2015

American Sniper

Overall this was good. It's very rare that Hollywood releases anything in support of our military, so it's about time. Bradley Cooper was excellent, I completely forgot he was even doing an accent at all, but I will be surprised if the Academy gives him Best Actor for playing a character whose politics clearly don't align with their own. I do wish the end was handled differently, I felt that was the weak point of the film, not showing it. Nevertheless Eastwood remains one of my most highly regarded directors.

#757: 1/18/2015

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I thought this was a solid but perhaps a little too conventional dragon movie. Had I seen this as a child or even a teen, it probably would've been one of my favorites, cause it checks every box on the list; but as an adult, having now memorized the list forwards and backwards, my hunger for novelty can only allow me to enjoy something like this so much. Also I wasn't particularly fond of the philosophical contradictions (the whole "peace is the best" thing and certain heavy-handed Christian undertones). However to expect this movie to be ideologically sophisticated is perhaps asking a bit much. So overall I liked it, I thought it had some really cool stuff like his gliding suit, and will probably watch it again at some point.

#756: 1/11/2015

Boyhood

This was very typical, and rightly so. I believe Linklater's goal was to represent the typical generation Y's experience of boyhood, and so sticking with the standard cliches was rather effective. For example, the boy's dad was a musician who loved Obama. Not exactly a surprise. Or how the mother went from dating a bad boy to a total square. Very typical, but very accurate and thereby relatable. So Linklater has achieved his goal quite well, and it was an ambitious one at that, considering the form. I'm not even going to say it was gimmicky.

I have two qualms. One, I would've liked to see it go somewhere. Life should not be some pointless, meandering series of events. Or at least a movie shouldn't be. However the typical boy's life is rather pointless in the grand scheme of things, or at least it feels like it, and so to stay true to the typical boyhood experience, maybe Linklater's hands were tied. However this leads me to my second point, which is that I am starting to really believe that to make movies about normal, unexceptional people, is not the best use of our time. Movies are glamorizing, they put us up on a pedestal to be examined, and I just find that it is more productive to examine those of us that are exceptional, rather than normal, which we're all overly familiar with anyways. Which reminds me, where is that Steve Jobs movie?

#755: 1/1/2015

Unbroken

Solid film, but nothing new.

#754: 12/30/2014

Palo Alto

This was good. Solid portrait of an idealistic modern high school experience. Wish I knew then what I do now. A brave role for Franco, as always, and Emma Roberts is once again spellbinding.

#753: 12/11/2014

The Wolf of Wallstreet

Finally a movie that is not completely full of shit. Finally! These are one in a million.

#752: 12/1/2014

Batman (1989)

One of the stupidest and most hilariously random films I've seen in years. Does not hold up to the test of time.

#751: 11/6/2014

Stories We Tell (half)

Just couldn't get into this documentary. So slow.

#750: 11/4/2014

Out of the Furnace

Solid film. Seems Christian Bale can't make a wrong move these days. And I always love Casey Affleck. Woody Harrelson was good too.

#749: 10/31/2014

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Convinced Blaiz to watch this whole thing with me, which she managed. It was pretty fun. I imagine in the 70s it would've caused quite a stir. Now once a week when I'm walking down the street talking to someone about burritos I'll randomly imagine Leatherface suddenly showing up at the nearest intersection and chasing us away. It's very funny.

#748: 10/29/2014

Five Easy Pieces

Huh. This I could relate to.

#747: 10/19/2014

Silver Linings Playbook

Still excellent, though the second half is not nearly as strong as the first. I just love the characters. Probably Lawrence's strongest performance and David O'Russell's best film.

#746: 10/15/2014

Gone Girl

Better than I expected. between this and Argo, Ben Affleck is really making a name for himself. I thought it was quite captivating, if a bit too long, but made some important points about how full of shit the media is, and how selfish and manipulative most people become when push comes to shove. For the record I saw it all coming from early on in the film, I know that just because someone is a stoic and a cheater doesn't make them a sociopathic murderer, though many people don't have much difficulty making that leap. I was overall pretty impressed with Affleck and can't wait to see what he does next.

#745: 10/13/2014

Prisoners

Kept me on the edge of my seat. Gyllenhaal was excellent. Better than I expected.

#744: 10/4/2014

The Master

Insightful, but not as grand as I'd hoped. Interesting though to see how people are drawn to follow and maybe even worship certain types of individuals.

#743: 8/24/2014

Vanilla Sky

This had a strong first half but got a little much towards the end. Nevertheless a pretty interesting film and I had no idea it was going to address such important subjects.

#742: 8/3/2014

Short Term 12 (half)

I couldn't bare to sit through this predictable, pretentious cliché. As if this social worker is such a hero for doing this simple, lazy job. Why doesn't she try putting that majestic soul of hers to use on something actually difficult, like say, biochemistry? She is lazy and self-righteous and too simple-minded to see the big picture. And I called every scene from a mile away. Like how that little cutter chick was raped. I called that out loud as soon as she entered the film. And then, sure enough, there's yet another too shallow depth of field, tired, sequence of close ups where she reveals her stupid octopus story likes it's the most heart wrenching, brilliant scene ever made. Ugh jeez. This is one of those films that is so great at marketing itself like it's art that most people just eat it up.

#741: 7/24/2014

The Devil Wears Prada

This was surprisingly good, at least in terms of some of the life lessons. My favorite scene was when Streep's character explained how the cerulean sweater ended up in Hathaway's closet.

#740: 6/30/2014

In Bruges

Pretty good but not as funny as I had remembered. However the story itself was of higher caliber than you would usually see in an American comedy.

#739: 6/23/2014

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Moving but not as powerful as the first viewing. The most memorable part for me was when the nurse was showing him the tongue exercise... In this regard I can probably now better relate to the protagonist than on my first viewing because I am now a little older and a good deal more shallow.

#738: 6/4/2014

Taxi Driver

This was okay but I still don't get the appeal. Why is this a classic? This story about such an angry young man could only happen in New York. Dude should've moved to L.A.

#737: 6/1/2014

Les Misérable

Watched the first 40 minutes, starting with Hathaway's part. Her bit is quite moving. It occurred to me how unjust life would seem from her perspective, how terrible it would be to believe that.

#736: 5/19/2014

Silence of the Lambs

Not bad, pretty much as I remembered it.

#735: 5/7/2014

Rent (2005) (less than half)

Got halfway through the second song before I had to turn this shit off. One of the most ridiculously socialist films I've ever seen.

#734: 5/2/2014

Warm Bodies

This was very original at the beginning but got more predictable towards the end. The father's ridiculous crusade was not believable and far too politically Hollywood for an otherwise pretty solid indie production.

#733: 4/14/2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Watched this over two nights. Slow at first but overall quite good. I like the civil war backdrop.

#732: 4/7/2014

Mean Girls

Still good, but not as insightful as the first time I saw it, and a little populist for my taste now. This is certainly not supposed to be the case but I think the character I most respect in this film now is Rachel McAdam's, though in the past I certainly would have felt far from this.

#731: 3/27/2014

True Romance

Great film. The beginning is a personal favorite, the plot structure could be better (it's difficult for a first time viewer to guess how far off the end is), but it still holds up well after all these viewings. The violence doesn't do much for me but the chemistry and personalities of the two leads are sublime. Their boundless young love lifts them and the whole film out of the shitshow world they were born into.

#730: 3/19/2014

Spider-Man 2

Still the best super hero movie ever made. With great power, comes great responsibility. That says it all.

#729: 3/15/2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Probably Anderson's best film in years, but doesn't compare to The Royal Tenenbaums. Nevertheless, a very rich film and one that might be better on the second viewing.

#728: 3/14/2014

Frozen

Not as good as the reviews. Really pretty mediocre and safe, even for a little girl movie. Perfect for overprotective moms who don't realize they're accidentally making little rebels.

#727: 2/14/2014

Boondock Saints

Tries to be Pulp Fiction but just ends up kinda stupid. ftr I celebrated Valentine's earlier that day, this wasn't part of it

#726: 2/5/2014

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (half)

This guy has problems.

#725: 1/19/2014

Skyfall

Really quite a good 007 film. I usually don't care for them, especially when they're doing stupid shit like driving motorcycles along rooftops flawlessly. That kind of Hollywood bullshit might excite people who've never actually done anything adventurous but I'd much rather see relatable, imperfect attempts at adventure like the mistakes Captain Sparrow makes trying to steal a ship. So in that regard I've never been a fan of the 007 bullshit (same goes for his ever-smooth flawless tact with women? yeah right). But there wasn't TOO much of that and the film had other redeeming qualities so it actually was pretty good.

#724: 1/17/2014

Captain Phillips

This was really good. My favorite part was the leader of the pirates. I love how a character with absolutely no education or privelege could still be clever in certain ways just out of having to learn to survive. I loved when Phillips was trying to control everything after the pirates arrived and then the head pirate told him "hey, look at me, look at me. I'm the Captain now." That's how shit works. Time for a reality check Mr. Phillips. All those papers and experience doesn't mean shit in the face of a gun.

#723: 1/9/2014

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Really quite good. I'll have to look more into this series.

#722: 1/3/2014

The Wolf of Wallstreet

This is an excellent movie. The goal may have been exhilaration, and it achieved that, but ultimately the emotion I am left with is that of being moved. I have watched this film at an interesting point in my life, at the age of 24 in a city of great promise with a fairly new interest in money. For most of my life I have not been particularly interested in money, having grown up in a sheltered upper-middle class family. However, having tasted frugal living in Los Angeles (Santa Monica actually) I have recently decided to get rich and thus the timing of this film is complementary to that.
There is a part of me that deeply respects this man, Jordan Belfort, but I also have some reservations. My respect for the American Dream is very high, and as a man who achieved it I hold him in high regard. I have no patience for the commoners. The masses, the sheep, I hate them, to be honest. I have difficulty tolerating mediocrity. I recognize their importance and rights but I personally can't stand to associate with them. And when I see a great man pulled down by his inferiors I become enraged. However, the catch with this film, the thing that I am confused about, is whether Belfort truly was a great man, or just an impostor.
Some would say he's a fraud because he broke the rules, or because he took advantage of people, but I don't penalize him for that. Quite the contrary. What concerns me, honestly, is his absolute gluttony. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good party. There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting fucked out of your mind and having some world class pussy, and anyone that can't see that… honestly… I would pity them if I had mercy. But instead I find it repulsive that there are people who would look down on that. So don't get me wrong, I approve of the lifestyle. But this guy takes it too far. Way too far, to the point where it doesn't make any goddamn sense. You can only cum so many times in a day before it just doesn't even feel good anymore. It's just a biological fact. Same goes for drugs. And the way this guy allegedly pushed it to the limit all the time tells me that it wasn't about having fun, it was about ego, he was compensating for something or just trying too hard to be cool or whatever. Maybe it's cause he's ugly. Sorry. But ultimately it's just not a good sign. It's not the behavior of a well-adjusted man.
On the other hand, sometimes greatness comes at a cost. Is it possible to be exceptional yet retain all the constraints of normalcy? Perhaps we can cut him some slack. But then again, I am not even entirely convinced that all these stories are really true… I've heard they are… but let's not forget Belfort is a salesman. How much can we trust of his accounts? However now I have criticized him a lot so let me restate that, I really feel for this guy. Despite his shortcomings, I respect him in many ways. But ultimately I cannot decide what I really think of him. Perhaps a movie isn't enough on which to stake a claim.
Some of the speeches about money, that there is no nobility in being poor, are just amazing, they could be the new pledge of allegiance. They are a desperately needed antidote to the fucking arrogant losers who are too stupid and self-righteous to be of any use to the world.
I seem to be all over the map in this review. Perhaps it's cause it's 3:30 am. Maybe that has something to do with it. Well… alright let me wrap this up. …DiCaprio and Hill were excellent, someone please give him a fucking Oscar. If the Academy seriously shits on him again because this movie isn't Communist enough… well there's nothing I can do. I've already withdrawn practically all my respect for the Oscars so… there's not much left to relinquish.
It was nice to see that Scorsese is still capable of good work. He's getting old, I thought he was out of good ideas. But what a delightful surprise to be proven wrong.

#721: 12/30/2013

We're the Millers (half)

Finished off the second half back home in LA. Wasn't as good as the first half but decent. Though there were some embarrassingly bad points. Like the end was stupid and the whole Jennifer Aniston trying to be hot thing. Just came off desperate. Like okay she looks good in the select shots we were shown under all that makeup and supportive undergarments but fuck I don't even care, she's old. Emma Roberts was stunning however.

#720: 12/29/2013

We're the Millers (half)

Saw the first half of this on the plane ride back. It was surprisingly good.

#719: 12/28/2013

Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues

Saw this in the theater with the family before that last sushi buffet in Toronto. Really disappointing. The first Anchorman was so funny but this was just so stupid. I have difficulty believing anyone even tried to make this good. It was just a quick money-grab.

#718: 12/25/2013

Fargo

Excellent Coen Brothers' film. However my criticism is that it celebrates small-town folk sensibilities without showing the drawbacks. Nevertheless a solid film from the ever-reliable Coens.

#717: 12/22/2013

Wreck It Ralph

Watched this on the plane on the way to Toronto with Blaiz. It was okay, nothing special. Figured it was a better time to give it a viewing.

#716: 12/21/2013

Wreck It Ralph (half)

Tried to watch this to calm down Blaiz with Jon and Lucas after the creepy Santa incident but couldn't concentrate due to the remnants of my high and the evening's earlier event.

#715: 12/12/2013

The Emperor's New Groove

At Blaiz's request we watched this. It was okay. Definitely not like the old Disney films.

#714: 11/23/2013

Zoolander

Watched this with Blaiz, pretty funny. Better than I remembered it.

#713: 11/11/2013

Reservoir Dogs

Excellent movie, one of the greatest low-budget independent films of all time.

#712: 10/31/2013

Hocus Pocus (half)

Watching half this movie with Blaiz was pretty much the extent of our Halloween celebrations. Couldn't be bothered. The movie was fine, a flashback for me, having watched it numerous times growing up.

#711: 10/27/2013

Dumbo (half)

Interesting to see this old work. The faceless, black circus tent constructors were an interesting touch. Didn't watch the whole film but seemed to be just a long comment on handicapped-children.

#710: 10/26/2013

A Beautiful Mind

This was alright but not as good as I remembered it. It's one of those films that is probably a lot more suspenseful the first time you watch it. Also the whole thing about disproving Adam Smith's invisible hand theory was disappointing. I'm not sure whether John Nash's equilibrium theory really is that stupid, or if the film just depicted it wrong (in typical Hollywood fashion) but it didn't come off well. I don't exactly see how a theory that wastes the sexiest piece of ass in the bar could be so efficient. I hope the film just misrepresented it because if they're still giving out Nobel prizes to people who simply can't accept the merits of competition, then they have lost all credibility in my eyes. Then again considering the Obama Peace Prize fiasco I'm not sure there's much credit left to be maintained.

#709: 9/16/2013

Say Anything

This was pretty good. I like how mature everyone was.

#708: 9/9/2013

Saved!

This was quite good for a few reasons. Firstly, I love high school movies. Secondly, the anti-religious theme is divine. And lastly, the music. Now sure the philosophical messages were a bit simplistic, but the general point was valid. However I personally would've liked to see her get an abortion rather than pretending everything will be alright with the baby. Her future was still tragically ruined needlessly. So overall I'll say it was good, but would've been even better given a slightly more atheist and complex plot. Nevertheless I'll still be recommending it to anyone I want to understand the Catholic element of my teenhood.

#707: 9/8/2013

There Will Be Blood

Probably Anderson's best work. He was channelling Kubrick here. One of the great atheist films. And of course Day-Lewis was great, and Dano too. Dano took a page from Day-Lewis in the intensity of his portrayal and I think it was a wise choice.

#706: 9/1/2013

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Watched this with Blaiz and Jon to break in the new leather recliner couch. Funny, pretty good. Makes a good point about the tendency for miscommunication to be at the root of a lot of needless conflict.

#705: 8/26/2013

The Breakfast Club

Fifth time I've seen this one now but Blaiz's first. Mandatory viewing as it pretty much launched a genre.

#704: 8/23/2013

The Spectacular Now

Very good indie film. Maybe I'm a bit of a sucker for teen romantic comedies but I really liked this one and will likely watch it a few more times in the coming years. Excellent acting. Feels very real, takes you to a nice little world. And made me relate to a protagonist I usually would consider a douche. So overall, really quite well done. And of course the conversation with the father, that moment when the title of the film suddenly becomes sarcastic, was excellent.

#703: 8/21/2013

The Man Who Wasn't There

This was alright but fairly slow, especially towards the ending. And totally lacking any humor which is always a very poor move. Probably the Coens' weakest film. Acting was good though.

#702: 8/13/2013

Serpico

First time I'd seen this one, and after watching, learned who Sidney Lumet was. Great director, good, moral film. And a good man, Frank. However I wonder if his strategy could've been better. Evidently it's pretty hard to fix a broken system from the lower ranks. I don't understand why such a brave and clever man would choose to be a cop rather than something a little more ambitious. However he did achieve success so I guess his technique wasn't so bad.

#701: 8/3/2013

Boogie Nights

Blaiz had never seen and I'd only seen once. It was as I remembered it... good, a very solid film, but not incredible.

#700: 7/27/2013

This is the End

Saw this at the theater with Blaiz and Jon. It was pretty funny, the beginning was amazing but it faded a little.

#699: 7/21/2013

The Big Lebowski

Watched this for like the millionth time. Jon had never really seen it, I said it was part of his initiation to Los Angeles.

#698: 6/22/2013

Looper

Really haven't been watching as many movies these days. Maybe it's cause of films like this. Ugh... I had high hopes. It was mediocre. Sure it had some good parts, the thing with the guy's body falling apart was powerful... but there were too many flaws. Half way through the film I just gave up but Blaiz kept watching so I kinda bobbed in and out of paying attention. Maybe this just isn't my genre. I find movies about the future to be almost always extremely annoyingly stupid in their predictions. Like for one the screenwriter's usually don't think about the engineering plausibility of the devices. Cause that's "not their job." Who cares about integrity, details right? Nevermind that the whole time shifting system didn't make sense. I'm not even going to waste any more time on this review. I guess it was alright but definitely not the great film I was expecting. Oh and will you guys please stop trying to make little kids out to be monsters? It's such a hard fail. It's like having an evil bunny.

#697: 5/27/2013

Requiem for a Dream

Blaiz had never seen it. Jared Leto's conclusion still affects me.

#696: 5/23/2013

The Hangover Part III

Better than I was expecting. The critics were hard on this one but I think it was pretty good, well written and paced. Not nearly as good as the first (or particularly funny) but entertaining nonetheless. I mean come on, it's a sequel-sequel.

#695: 5/6/2013

Glory (half)

Boring. Just seemed poorly done, at least of what I saw.

#694: 5/1/2013

Death at a Funeral (2007)

The British version, obviously. ...Just great, really well done. A model indie comedy.

#693: 4/25/2013

My Week with Marilyn

This was okay, not as good as I was expecting. I probably found it to be more disturbing than most people would have, having directed the occassional difficult actor in the past.

#692: 4/12/2013

Body Heat

Watched this at the suggestion of some investors looking to do a remake. It's a story that's been remade a few times but it's clever and timeless. Makes me want to watch Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity.

#691: 4/11/2013

Man on the Moon

I forgot that I'd seen this before. I think I understood it better this time. It was good, but not up to par with Forman's other films, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Jim Carrey's performance was excellent, he has proven countless times he is not just a comedic actor, which is a difficult transition to make.

#690: 4/6/2013

Lars and the Real Girl

Interesting but ultimately a let down. I'm really skeptical that this would be an effective approach to treating mental illness. Is this a legitimate treatment theory or an invention of the screenwriter? If so, it could be an interesting discussion. If not, if the screenwriter were to respond "It's not about whether it's real it's just a movie, it's just supposed to be entertaining," I would be gravely disappointed and remark that they may not appreciate or deserve the profound influence of their work on society. Gosling was alright but I don't believe he pulled off playing someone who was supposed to be socially awkward. It's too much of a stretch for the ever-suave Gosling.

#689: 3/31/2013

Place Beyond the Pines

Alright the third act might have run a little long but ultimately this is a huge achievement. Cianfrance has established himself as a serious and important director. Not without its flaws but nevertheless one of the best films in years. Innovative, real, wise, this film has influenced me.

#688: 3/18/2013

As Good as It Gets

This was alright but not one of Nicholson's best.

#687: 2/19/2013

Spirited Away

Miyazaki is just so profoundly imaginative, it just blows me away every time. But the ending was way too rushed. Really reminded me of Zelda.

#686: 2/16/2013

The 2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated

Watched this at the Laemmle theater on 2nd St. It was okay. Disney's Paperman and Head Over Heels stand out.

#685: 2/13/2013

Slumdog Millionaire

I've said it before and I'll say it again: children make great protagonists! Fuck man, I think I have to do a movie with kids.

#684: 2/9/2013

Sleepwalk with Me

Good but all the best parts were given away in the trailer. Made me consider adding a narrator to Cherries and Clover.

#683: 2/5/2013

The Aviator

I really wanted to love this guy but he was just too inefficient. I suppose it's hard for a person given everything to learn discipline.

#682: 1/31/2013

2001 - A Space Odyssey

Showed this to Blaiz after my birthday dinner. She was captivated but I think she almost had a stroke.

#681: 1/22/2013

Like Crazy

this movie was excruciating and beautiful. what a tragedy. love is such a fragile thing. now I know why he made the film. it is a warning. I will not have this happen to me. it's not an easy thing to steal the spotlight from Jennifer Lawrence but Felicity Jones is perfect here. I don't have a single criticism. i have limited evidence on which to base this assertion but it is possible drake doremus is a _--. the question merits further review. I remember the day I first saw the trailer sitting in a theater in Texas, missing blaiz and Santa Monica. then the trailer comes up and I see them walking around a couple blocks from my apartment. around my pier, the promenade. and i'm thinking "wow i can really relate to this" and then it presents the whole immigration issue. never related to a trailer so much in my life. I can't believe he used Stars, nobody knows them. a small canadian band, they were my favorite, they got me through high school. btw just calculated that i watched about 600 movies in the past 5 years, or roughly one movie every three days.

#680: 1/21/2013

Captain America - The First Avenger (half)

I really gave this one a fair shot, I actually suggested it, but it was just too stupid. I couldn't bear it.

#679: 1/20/2013

Indie Game - the Movie

This was interesting for me to watch right before the release of Cherries and Clover, especially considering the parallels between indie game and indie film production. I however am not nearly as stressed as some of these guys, who seem downright miserable. Fairly intriguing but not as technical as I had hoped.

#678: 1/9/2013

Crash

Still good. The car scene and bullet stand out.

#677: 1/8/2013

Reservoir Dogs

Watched this with Brooke Adams. She'd never seen it. Always great. A model of superb indie filmmaking.

#676: 1/6/2013

The Road to El Dorado (half)

Not the film I wouldve kicked off the new year with but Blaiz wanted to. Wasn't bad.

#675: 12/26/2012

Django Unchained

The first half was good but after Christoff loses his shit it all goes downhill. More bothersome than Tarantino's ill-suited cameo is his lack of philosophical depth or care for the moral ambiguity he inspires in his audience. Pulp Fiction was incredible but Tarantino never reached anything near that level again and never will. Same story with James Cameron and Titanic (not to suggest that Titanic is on the same level). Christoff was excellent and DiCaprio was good too.

#674: 12/25/2012

Overboard (half)

This film wasn't really designed to be good. It was designed to be entertaining on a very basic level and for a particular audience. And it succeeds at that. But kinda low fare.

#673: 12/25/2012

Les Misérable

A generally good adaptation of what is probably a great novel. The acting is excellent, the method of recording the music live on set rather than lip synching to a prerecorded album is innovative, Anne hathaway's performance is unforgettable, and the ultimate story of a criminal turned hero is superb. However the editing and blocking were poor and the cinematography horrible. Far too many close ups and too shallow depth of field. Like it was shot on a Canon 7D by a second year film student. And it ran far too long. And despite it's noble spirit it is at times philosophically simplistic. but my heart goes out to this film. had it been better executed, it could've been one of my favorites.

#672: 12/24/2012

Meet the Parents (half)

Still funny.

#671: 11/28/2012

Amadeus

A story of madness and genius by the great director Milos Forman.

#670: 11/27/2012

Runaway Bride

Watched this with Blaiz, I'd seen it before, years ago. It was alright.

#669: 11/26/2012

Sweet November (half)

Couldn't bear to sit through this. Typical communist Hollywood. The problem with capitalism is it is too logically abstract for most and requires abandoning one's youthful naïveté, which people are understandably reluctant to give up. But eventually the world beats it out of them, their repeated failures eventually force them to face reality or end up a failure. Unless they're pretty, in which case they may get a free pass. But of course then they'll feel morally obliged to go preach their unintentionally destructive ideas to those who will for the most part not be pretty enough to find success while using them. Perhaps if I had seen this film's RottenTomatoes score of 16/100 beforehand this whole rant could've been avoided.

#668: 11/19/2012

Adventureland

Always good.

#667: 11/15/2012

Hoffa

Seems about right. Unions.

#666: 11/10/2012

Platoon

I like that this was based on Stone's real world experiences in Vietnam.

#665: 10/31/2012

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Watched this Halloween night with Blaiz. Fun. What a good idea, the merging of these worlds.

#664: 10/26/2012

Argo

Saw this in theaters. Solid film. Taught me a thing or two.

#663: 10/23/2012

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Not as good as I remembered but still a strong film.

#662: 10/20/2012

Hot Rod

Kinda funny.

#661: 10/12/2012

Good Dick

Got sucked into this accidentally. Always good, sweet.

#660: 10/5/2012

Grandma's Boy

Funny, nice parody of the video game industry.

#659: 10/4/2012

We Need to Talk About Kevin

I only watched this for Ezra Miller. Otherwise this film is a waste of time. It's worse than merely wasted time, it's actually annoying to sit through. I wish I had just wasted that time spacing out, that would've been much better. If the goal here was to inspire more sociopathic violence by making a film about sociopaths that commit atrocities for the media attention it brings, than this extremely aggravating film may be a great success. In all other regards it is a failure. It certainly is not an accurate depiction of a disturbed mind. It's just the way society likes to think of these people, as inherently evil, almost as if they were born possessed. And the scenes of the cute little kid being a total asshole are unintentionally hilarious. The kid repeatedly shits his diaper so that his mom has to keep changing him. She takes him off the changing table, he takes two steps, stops, hunches a bit, you actually hear the fart noise, and then he looks over his shoulder at her like a crude little biker. How could they think that wouldn't come out funny?! And then 15 years later he's still showing such ridiculously obvious signs of madness that for his issue to remain unrecognized after nearly two decades of this behavior means that the whole town must have even bigger mental problems than he does. You know if my son was stuffing household pets down the sink's garbage disposal unit I personally wouldn't buy him a giant, deadly bow and arrow for Christmas. Ugh. Such a waste of talent.

#658: 10/3/2012

Something's Gotta Give

One of the few Jack Nicholson films that I didn't care for. Old people can fuck all they like but at 23 I really don't need to see their awkward foreplay in my living room. And it was just so drawn out. If there's one common pitfall among contemporary directors it's an under appreciation of brevity. Get to the point and move on!

#657: 10/2/2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I had high hopes for this film, and it didn't let me down. I think Chbosky deserves some acclaim for putting together a pretty solid film as a first time director (of course he has a narrator which helps substantially). Nevertheless it is very good, highly relatable, exactly what I needed 8 years ago. Now I am long over all that high school stuff but it's still nice to look back and see that my experience is getting some representation on the big screen. As good as the book. Excellent casting too. This week I have become kinda obsessed with Ezra Miller, who is perhaps the single actor that I most relate to. His career is just starting, I hope it is long and fruitful. This is an important film, it will be remembered. There is a part of me that has a deep, loving connection to it.

#656: 10/1/2012

Bitter Moon

So hot. And gripping. But also kinda long winded. Like I was waiting for the end and had no idea when it was coming. But anyways I watched this film with a bunch of strangers and I gotta say that was pretty uncomfortable. Like that scene where he was licking milk off her breasts I was pretty much ready to go. I gotta stop wearing skinny jeans. Fortunately everyone's eyes were glued to the screen so my minor wardrobe malfunction went unnoticed. But it was at times a very beautiful film. Like the passion of that couple was among the best I've ever seen. Although I wish the guy was a little younger. Just a tad. But overall I feel that I learned something from hearing that old cripple's story. Also I read a little more about Roman Polanski and now have higher respect for him.

#655: 9/21/2012

Night at the Roxbury

This film has no review.

#654: 9/15/2012

Submarine

This was quite good, kinda like a Wes Anderson movie. I don't like how the girl wore red all the time, too similar to Cherries, among other similarities. I can tell this was a film saved in the editing room. The choppy style and use of a narrator is an old but effective trick to help tie it all together and fill in the blanks. I considered this approach for Cherries and Clover but ultimately decided against it. Anyways it's a good film on a number of levels..very funny, relatable, and real.

#653: 9/12/2012

My Left Foot

I'd been meaning to see this one for a while, ever since I heard Lewis talking about it on Charlie Rose. Also I had heard that Lewis, being a method actor, was so deeply invested in his part that he didn't break character for the whole production, even having to be carried up and down the stairs by crew members who probably didn't appreciate his approach. Anyways the film didn't disappoint, it was moving, intelligent, honest, and insightful, I think I learned something. I've always kind of assumed that people that look like they have cerebral palsy are usually mentally handicapped as well but I see now, having given it more than 2 seconds of thought, that it's a faulty assumption.

#652: 9/1/2012

Woody Allen - A Documentary Part 2

I think in many ways Woody Allen's directing style is opposite to that of Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick did very few films but they were all good, Allen did many films but only some were good. Kubrick was notorious for doing many takes in a strict and dictatorial fashion, while Woody did few takes in a very liberal fashion. Kubrick's films were generally humorless (aside from Dr. Strangelove) while humor was the main component of Allen's work. Kubrick's style was extremely technical and cinematic, while Allen's was simple but focuses primarily on the writing. Yet both directors were deeply brilliant, philosophical, eccentric, atheists.

#651: 9/1/2012

Woody Allen - A Documentary Part 1 (half)

This film has no review.

#650: 8/29/2012

Sleeper

This was funny but not Allen's best work. A few great lines though: Keaton: "What's it like to be dead for 200 years?" Allen: "It's like spending a weekend in Beverly Hills." Allen has another great line about Beverly Hills in Annie Hall: Keaton: "The streets are so clean here." Allen: "That's because they don't throw away their garbage, they turn it into tv shows."

#649: 8/28/2012

Being John Malkovich

so i just watched Being John Malkovich for the first time in 3 years, 8 months, and 15 days... it is so interesting. i think Charlie Kaufman must be a genius because it is too odd and original to be the work of something less. in a way this makes me want to step into the mind of Kaufman but this could be a dangerous undertaking. I think I am weird enough already and if I were to couple that with the experiences of Kaufman I would emerge as a person so strange that I would never be understood. however this might be a cynical opinion. perhaps it is more likely that i would just become a smarter person, having gained the perspective of another man, and a genius at that. though this film is more about inhabiting a person's body, not their mind. if you take control of a person's body have you really become them or are you still just yourself in another shell? it'd be interesting to find a portal into someone's mind. i suppose conversation is the best way to do that right now but it's a poor approximation. there are so many things in the way - hidden motives, secrets, insecurities... social niceties and rules... you can hardly ever just get an honest look around. and hearing a story isn't the same as having lived through it. yeah we're gonna have to find a way to merge minds. give it fifteen, twenty years.

#648: 8/28/2012

Drive

I put this on at 3:30 am so that I could watch the intro and listen to that great opening credits song before I went to bed. But the movie was so captivating that I ended up staying up til 5 watching the whole thing. There is some really profound stuff in this film, this is an interesting and great director at work. Gosling was good, as always.

#647: 8/23/2012

Discovery Atlas - Brazil Revealed

This one was also interesting, teaching me a lot about a culture I know little about, but also about my place in the world as an American.

#646: 8/23/2012

Blow

Second time I've seen this one. This hit me in a very different way this time. The first time I saw it I learned that drug dealers are people. Like the kind you see walking down the street. The kind that have blood in their veins. This was a major realization for me as I had been taught they were monsters. I also remembered the film being a lot of fun. I was like "Wow you could live quite a life doing that, raking in that kind of cash. Looks like fun." Now watching it this second time, I just feel bad for the guy. Even though it's his own fault. He screwed up too many times playing a high risk game. A game that shouldn't even exist in the first place. But if drugs were legal maybe guys like this would just find some other high risk way to try to make a quick buck. Still, there'd be less of these stories floating around.

#645: 8/21/2012

Discovery Atlas - China Revealed

This was a 100 minute Discovery Channel special about China, which I find to be an important topic I currently don't know much about. The special focused on tradition a bit much but overall felt like a decent overview of the radical changes China is facing as it is modernized and abandons the archaic lifestyle of generations past.

#644: 8/19/2012

Dirty Harry

This was better than I was expecting. Surprisingly menace and gripping for an old movie. And when they released the madman due to "insufficient proof" it raised the film to a whole new level, bringing in questions of law and morality. Just overall a really good film.

#643: 8/18/2012

Despicable Me

This was a fairly funny CGI but clearly not of Pixar quality. It was however, the first animated film I've seen on blu-ray, which was quite stunning.

#642: 8/8/2012

Grease

At times a little slow but full of iconic scenes and songs. Travolta was great and clearly channelling Elvis. It's like Elvis and James Dean set the cool guy standard and America's been following ever since.

#641: 8/4/2012

Raising Arizona

Always good. One of the top 5 Coen films I think.

#640: 7/23/2012

The Dark Knight Rises

This was alright but at almost three hours far too ambitious. Nolan tries to pack too much into his films.

#639: 7/22/2012

Woody Allen Doc (half)

Very interesting, I'll have to catch the other half.

#638: 7/10/2012

Midnight in Paris

Very interesting seeing depictions of all these famous historical figures, makes me wonder why I haven't seen it done more.

#637: 7/4/2012

The Amazing Spiderman

A good effort at an impossible task. It's obviously too early to relaunch the series a mere 5 years after the last film. It was only done due to the contractural obligation Sony had to keep making Spiderman films or lose the rights to the character. Great movies don't start with contracts. But I applaud director Mark Webb for a noble effort. Andrew Garfield is excellent as Peter Parker, and his real life chemistry with Emma Stone pays off on screen. But not as good as the original.

#636: 6/27/2012

Tropic Thunder (half)

Always good.

#635: 6/25/2012

Moonrise Kingdom

This could've been one of my favorite movies, but it fell short on the execution, probably a result of too much ambition and not enough money. Some of the children's acting was lacking, and editing out most of the action sequences was a cheap move. Also the story loses focus. I think the difficulty of shooting with children in the wild with a low budget hurt the film. But despite it's numerous flaws it still takes us to a wonderful little Andersonian world, which always scores big points. Also I thought it was quite audacious sexually, which is almost always a good thing. So overall it's a shame that this film didn't quite live up to the tremendous hopes I had for it.

#634: 6/18/2012

Madagascar

Kinda cute, the animation looked kinda cheap though. Penguins were cool.

#633: 6/10/2012

The Rum Diary

This was good, nice to see Depp getting a little back into his old self. Probably his best film since Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. I definitely identified with Eckhart's character, who was supposed to be a bad guy, but I find that happening a lot recently. It was a smart film but it'd be nice to see a little less anti-capitalist sentiment in Hollywood, but I suppose that's unlikely.

#632: 6/2/2012

Rango

I could tell from the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas reference that this wasn't going to be a typical family animated film. I admire Verbinski for trying to broaden up the genre a bit. Overall a good film but perhaps a bit dull at times.

#631: 5/30/2012

Goodfellas

This was to introduce Blaiz to Scorsese and a little bit about Italian culture. Not that Italians are all gangsters, but I do think it does a good job of showcasing some of the culture.

#630: 5/28/2012

Waiting

This was good, a realistic insight into the lifestyle of 20 somethings stuck working at a restaurant. It's always a good sign when a movie can introduce me to some other world or aspect of society.

#629: 5/25/2012

The Avengers

I went into this with moderate expectations, so I was satisfied. What really can you expect from a superhero blockbuster? It was well executed, Whedon's direction is commendable, this wouldn't have been an easy piece to pull off. And the post-credit role shwarma scene was worth the wait. Overall the film was funny too, a nice touch.

#628: 5/24/2012

Easy A

Excellent performance by Emma Stone, she was made for this role. The grandiose language was a nice stylistic touch. I think Stone was cast because she's actually intelligent enough to pull off this character. I think she enjoyed playing a sex object, however ironically. In fact, the irony was just the justification she needed. If it were to be a blatantly promiscuous role she'd never accept, but the fact that it's camouflaged in irony provides just the rationalization she needed. After all, what actress doesn't want to play a sex goddess at least once, even if she's too smart and self-conscious to do it outright?

#627: 5/22/2012

Cruel Intentions

Pretty sexy teen classic. Makes me want to check out Les Liaisons Dangereuses (which inspired this film).

#626: 5/21/2012

Drive

Excellent opening. It really earns that cool music credit sequence. And yes, the elevator bit was cool. Overall just a good movie but I don't get why he doesn't go back to Irene. It's not like he still has to protect her because all the loose ends are already wrapped up. Maybe it's just psychological. Also I noticed during the scene where he breaks the guy's hand with a hammer that all the strippers sitting around the room hardly react at all. They just look bored, like cows grazing in a field. So hard to find good extras. Anyways it's a great film, very slick and cool. And intelligent.

#625: 5/18/2012

The Silent World

This was Jacques Cousteau's first Palme d'Or and Oscar winning documentary. It was excellent and very interesting, however, the scene where they "avenge" the whale by slaughtering the sharks was pretty stupid, especially since they were the ones that actually killed the whale in the first place. However, this kind of good-intentioned irrationality is a pretty much universal human trait so I'm not exactly stunned by it, I guess this time it's just a little more obvious than usual. Anyways, aside from that bit I found the documentary to be very inspiring and I greatly admire this Captain Cousteau.

#624: 5/17/2012

Everything Must Go

We thought this was going to be funny but it just ended up being slow and depressing. Just not interesting.

#623: 5/16/2012

Not Another Teen Movie (half)

I only caught the second half of this as Blaiz had already started it. Still funny, I got a few more references this time that I missed when I'd first watched this several years earlier. One of the best pop culture spoofs I've seen.

#622: 5/14/2012

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

This film didn't get the best reviews but I think it's excellent and gets better with each subsequent viewing. I think it's Anderson's second or third best film, The Royal Tenenbaums being his best. It is just so interesting and fast paced. The character of Zissou is such an inspiration, seriously one of the coolest guys ever. I think I'm going to have to look into this Jacques Cousteau guy (on whom Zissou was based). The animation looks cartoonish but it fits in with the overall feel of the film.

#621: 5/10/2012

Troy

This was good, I liked all the stabs at religion. It's rare that you find a good epic with some solid morals. Except I didn't really like the bit glorifying human mortality but I can't expect Hollywood to catch up to that idea for at least twenty years. So overall it was good.

#620: 5/9/2012

Kinsey

Kind of interesting, I think I would've liked this better if it didn't feel like old news to me. I'm so over conservative oppression and religion. Though it once was a major problem it's now so terminally ill due to the internet that it won't be around much longer, so I'd rather watch movies about subjects that still matter.

#619: 5/8/2012

Howl's Moving Castle

Very imaginative and beautiful, as are all Studio Ghibli films. You can tell from the little details that Miyazaki truly is a sensitive artist. If I have one criticism it's that the story gets too hard to follow towards the ending and that it ends rather abruptly, almost as if they ran out of time and just had to slap together a quick happy ending. So the plot structure could use some work but otherwise it's excellent.

#618: 4/29/2012

My Own Private Idaho

I didn't really get into this. River was great. Keanu seemed good too, I don't know why he doesn't get more credit for these things. His character wasn't supposed to be as deep as River's so if he'd played it that way it would've been wrong. Anyways it was a somewhat interesting film but not really my thing.

#617: 4/21/2012

The Illusionist

This was alright, didn't really hold my attention. I'm pretty sure I could tear it down if I had the inclination but I doubt it's worth the time.

#616: 4/18/2012

Snatch

Always excellent. Blaiz had never seen it so it was a must.

#615: 4/16/2012

Pocahontas

I'm sure I've reviewed this before so I won't go into too much depth. It's good.

#614: 4/15/2012

Good Will Hunting

Blaiz had never seen this so I gave it another viewing. I think the end poses an interesting question, that is, if endowed with an exceptional mind or gift of any nature useful to humanity, is it better to develop that gift professionally or pursue true love? (Now of course in real life I think it is very rarely necessary to focus on only one. In fact I'd say being in love will nurture your professional development. But for the sake of argument I'll carry on.) Well from the perspective of self-fulfillment, of achieving the greatest personal happiness, I'd say love is definitely the better bet. However, "with great power comes great responsibility." What I mean to say is that I think Will has a duty to humanity to reach his full potential. In an interview midway through the film he laments that his mind could be used for destructive purposes but it could likewise be used for good, and if he were to waste that talent he'd be doing the world a great disservice. So ultimately it comes down to a question of selflessness. Now as an Objectivist I'm not entirely convinced that altruism is a moral choice, so perhaps I can understand going after the girl, but still, it's worth thinking about. As for the actual movie, overall I'd say it's quite good but there are spots that it falters. I won't go into depth pointing them out but the inherent problem is that it's a story about a logical genius, written by a clever, but not genius, writer. Writers. Whatever. Furthermore, though Damon is evidently a smart cookie, he is not smart enough to play this part. A good actor can play a role at his level of intelligence and anything below, but not above, and this is why the greatest actors must be exceptionally intelligent.

#613: 4/14/2012

Sleeping Beauty

Between watching this and Peter Pan I've come to realize how deeply my favorite game, Zelda: Ocarina of Time is based on Disney films (and other classic fantasy).

#612: 4/13/2012

Peter Pan

Had never seen this, amazingly. I thought it was quite good, but I felt bad for Captain Hook, who clearly had post traumatic stress disorder, but was leant no sympathy. Also Peter Pan is a bit of a brat, but I love Neverland. This world of eternal youth and magic is quite the fantasy (for now). I hope it is true what they say, that Walt Disney is frozen in a tank somewhere, and that he'll emerge some day in the future when all his wildest dreams are a reality.

#611: 3/27/2012

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Very interesting. I consider it part of my personal development watching this film. I agree that Noah Wyle did a good job depicting Steve. Everyone knows I'm a great supporter of Apple but I think, to be fair, I must point out that the film felt a bit one-sided in favor of Steve. Kinda depicted Gates as a bad guy, which he certainly isn't. But overall very fascinating. They got the title right too. Of course this film is an incomplete story due to the time it was made. I hope the upcoming biopic about Steve Jobs will do a better job of showing the whole thing. I expect it'll cause a substantial uptick in Apple's stock when it finally comes out (or is announced).

#610: 3/26/2012

Crazy, Stupid Love

This was alright. Gosling and Carell were the best parts.

#609: 3/25/2012

Chocolat

Perhaps a good effort but this could've been executed with a bit more finesse.

#608: 3/23/2012

Persona

What a mind fuck. Takes me back to my film history class at York U.

#607: 3/22/2012

30 Minutes or Less

Really good. Funny and clever. The beginning of the film is quite good, especially the bits with Jesse and Aziz. I love their argument and Aziz's faces during the blowjob.

#606: 3/21/2012

Finding Nemo

Funny, moving. Better than I remembered.

#605: 3/21/2012

21 Jump Street (2012)

This was pretty funny, especially the HFS drug parts. Randy said he was up for the role that Dave Franco ended up getting. Like he got a callback. Obviously he never had a real shot compared to Dave but I could've seen him in the part. However Franco did a good job.

#604: 3/20/2012

Footloose (1984)

Better than I expected, actually had a plot. Never would've guessed Kevin Bacon could dance.

#603: 3/14/2012

The Aristocats

Cute. Kinda boring. Good little girl movie.

#602: 3/9/2012

The Artist

If someone had pitched this idea to me I would've said: too gimmicky, it'll never work, let alone win five Oscars. Well I would've been wrong. They somehow pulled it off. It's great on a number of levels, including especially that it teaches the public about the history of cinema. I think it's very relatable to our times in light of the recession and digital revolution. The main lesson of the film, which I'd say is to keep up with the changing times, is very applicable to today's industry.

#601: 3/5/2012

Terms of Endearment

Forced Blaiz to watch this. Still good. Makes you think about life.

#600: 3/3/2012

Jeff Who Lives at Home

I saw this at an advance screening. This film has been marketed as a comedy but it's actually much deeper than that. I was told that we'd be able to give feedback on the film before it was released, but we weren't, so I'll write it here. It regards the last bit of voice over audio in the film, which is something that actually could be changed easily in post, unlike typical audience suggestions: "the main guy should have been skinnier." I would remove the V.O. line in the last scene when the newscaster mentions the father's name was Michael. This would open up the film to alternate impressions. That line is the final nail in the coffin, it confirms, without a doubt, that this was all meant to happen and that there definitely is some guiding force in the universe that made Jeff a hero. However if they were to leave that line out, it leaves open the possibility that there is no guiding force, that Michael may have imagined all that destiny stuff but in so doing still managed to become a hero by creating purpose for himself. I think both interpretations are interesting, and leaving out that last line lets the audience project their own beliefs onto the film, which would probably make it more popular, as well as inspire a deeper post-viewing discourse.

#599: 2/21/2012

Amelie

This was Blaiz's first viewing, she said "it was different, but I really liked it." That about sums it up. She was a little wary to watch it because of the subtitles but almost everyone agrees, it's worth it (not that subtitles are such a bad thing to begin with). This really is one of the most beloved films of all time.

#598: 2/18/2012

Bambi

I'd never seen this. It was good. Slow but pretty. However I thought villainizing Man was a bit much. Blaiz remarked that there's some lost magic in films today, something only Disney movies had. Certainly true.

#597: 2/16/2012

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Excellent, always good. Wise.

#596: 2/15/2012

Stress - Portrait of a Killer

This was okay, fairly interesting.

#595: 2/14/2012

Far From Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog

This reminded me of my teenage interest in hiking, about when I wrote Cherries and Clover

#594: 2/13/2012

The Lion King

Always excellent. Possibly the best animated film ever made.

#593: 2/13/2012

Chronicle

I really liked this, I thought it was very well done, aside from the handycam shooting style. I think that whole documentary aspect was a poor decision and very distracting to the movie. Otherwise well done.

#592: 2/6/2012

Strange Wilderness

Pretty funny.

#591: 2/4/2012

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Today was basically devoted the Phantom. I spent all day learning the Overture on piano and thinking about it, then actually watching it in the evening was just the cherry on top. This filmic adaptation was fairly good but the legend itself is outstanding.

#590: 1/26/2012

Anvil - The Story of Anvil

Mark recommended this, it was supposed to be very funny. I thought it was okay.

#589: 1/21/2012

The Matrix

It's The Matrix. What more can I say?

#588: 1/20/2012

Clueless

Not bad.

#587: 1/16/2012

That Thing You Do!

This was good. Always nice to get a little more insight into the industry via movies.

#586: 1/15/2012

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Blaiz recommended this, it was good. Much better than the recent remake.

#585: 1/15/2012

Reno 911! - Miami

Very funny. Excellent comedy.

#584: 1/10/2012

Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery (half)

Okay. Only caught the second half of this while making a new volume control (100k Ohm audio taper potentiometer... still doesn't work perfectly).

#583: 1/6/2012

The Sandlot

Excellent. I love these movies that take you back to childhood. I've been thinking about making a movie like this, one about kids, for some time. Kids are so dramatic and lovable, they make great protagonists, if only you can overcome the challenges of planning a production around them.

#582: 1/2/2012

Big

This was alright. I'd been meaning to get to it for a while. Had to watch it over two days.

#581: 12/29/2011

Love Actually

I really wanted to like this one but it got too bad at the end. The first 75% was pretty good though.

#580: 12/25/2011

Just Friends

Watched this with Randy and Michelle over a chinese feast Christmas dinner. It was funny.

#579: 12/24/2011

Apocalypse Now

Perhaps an odd Christmas choice but I've been meaning to watch this again. I understand it much better now. Very interesting.

#578: 12/21/2011

The Producers (1968)

Very funny. Smart. Deserving of its accolades.

#577: 12/16/2011

The King's Speech (half)

Finished the film today. Nothing special. Predictable, drawn out, too sentimental. Definitely shouldn't have won Best Picture.

#576: 12/15/2011

The King's Speech (half)

Watched this with Michelle but only got halfway through. Not that good.

#575: 12/13/2011

Doctor's Diaries

This was great. It chronicled the lives of 7 doctors over 21 years, showed a lot of personal development. Most of the doctors were divorced by the end. Though I am deeply fascinated by physiology and medicine this film reaffirmed that my decision to not become a medical doctor was the right one. It's not a great life. I think many of the students were quite naive

#574: 12/11/2011

Black Swan

Good high class film. To be expected of Aronofsky. In an interview he said it's like a companion piece to The Wrestler in that both films explore settings not often explored in cinema and characters whose bodies are the focus of their professions.

#573: 12/10/2011

Into the Universe - Aliens

I watched this cause Hawking's name was on it. Turned out to be fairly interesting but not much relevant, new information.

#572: 12/2/2011

The Iron Giant (less than half)

I can never seem to get more than 20 minutes into this film. On this particular night it was because I was very tired, it was around 4 am when we started it. This was the night Blaiz and I decided to stay up til sunrise because of the result of a coin toss.

#571: 12/2/2011

A Knight's Tale

Watched this for Ledger. Not bad. Also I wanted to see this before I went to Medieval Times.

#570: 11/30/2011

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Fairly funny. Good to see Kevin Smith when he was younger. Randy explained to me that Kevin Smith was the Judd Apatow of the 90s, apparently.

#569: 11/29/2011

Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 1

Went to the theaters with Blaiz to see this. It wasn't as bad as the last one, but still not good at all.

#568: 11/27/2011

Life in a Day (half)

The first half was fairly good but it got a bit repetitive. I had stuff to do.

#567: 11/19/2011

V for Vendetta (half)

Caught the second half of this with Blaiz. It was good, but not as good as I'd remembered it.

#566: 11/17/2011

Pleasantville

This was good. Like a US history lesson of the mid-late twentieth century. Great use of Chroma-keying. I imagine this film was made right around when digital keying was entering it's hay-day.

#565: 11/15/2011

The Royal Tenenbaums (half)

Caught the second half with Blaiz. Always fantastic. It seems everytime I watch this film I find a new character to be enthralled by, this time it's Gene Hackman's "Royal." However, if there is one character I can't help but notice at every single viewing it's (perhaps unsurprisingly) Gwyneth Paltrow's "Margot," who is probably the most beautiful female character I've ever seen.

#564: 11/15/2011

Mulan

This was fairly good. I loved how Mulan destroyed the whole Hun army in one clever move - truly ingenious, all the better because it's apparently based on a true story.

#563: 11/12/2011

Iron Man

Really good and funny. Downey Jr. made the film. Almost as good as the Spiderman and Batman films.

#562: 11/9/2011

Twilight Eclipse

Terrible, nearly as bad as the second installment. I only watched this because I was told it was good. Totally lacking any of the chemistry or small town charm I enjoyed in the first movie.

#561: 11/9/2011

Seven Pounds

A good film, moving. A bit single-noted, could've used some emotional variety, like comic relief. A bit too heavy.

#560: 11/7/2011

Water for Elephants

This was okay.

#559: 11/6/2011

The Stepford Wives

Funny, clever. However the moral is a bit safe. Like who's going to challenge the notion that women shouldn't be robots? Doesn't take much guts to promote such an obvious moral point. Nevertheless it was entertaining. Good production design and costumes.

#558: 11/5/2011

The Other Guys

Funny. Will Ferrell's character kinda reminds me of my university friend, Dan Reynolds.

#557: 11/1/2011

Dan in Real Life

This was really good. Just a well made film, I enjoyed it much more on the second viewing. Perhaps now I understand relationships a little better.

#556: 11/1/2011

Thor

Not bad. Held my attention for the most part. No need to watch it again though, this was really just in preparation for The Avengers.

#555: 10/27/2011

The Dark Knight

Again, Leger is undoubtedly the best part. Not as good as the first viewing. I don't think Nolan is really as great as some people say. He tries really hard to be philosophical, which is admirable, but he doesn't end up saying much of value. The ending is too optimistic. One of those boats would've blown up in seconds. And some poor editing decisions. The pacing is good but it's far too long of a film. And that scene where Harvey Dent wakes up in the hospital could've been so much more powerful. I don't know who's idea it was to mute Aaron Eckhart's scream but they should be fired. Also nobody liked the casting of Maggie Gyllenhaal. And will the sound designer please learn some restraint regarding sound effects volume?! Just cause a window breaks in the movie doesn't mean the one in my living room needs to. One last point: How scary is it that the best philosophy of the whole film came out of the psychopath's mouth? Anytime you're writing a film where the good guy comes off as lame and the bad guy sounds like a genius you have a serious, serious problem.

#554: 10/22/2011

Edward Scissorhands

Great as always.

#553: 10/20/2011

Hoodwinked

Funny and well written but with such incredibly cheap animation that it ruins the whole film. However it's still impressive that a CGI film could even by made by an indie company.

#552: 10/19/2011

My Sassy Girl (2008) (half)

Feel asleep. Terrible American remake of what I've heard to be a great Korean film.

#551: 10/17/2011

Borat

Smart and funnier than I'd expected.

#550: 10/16/2011

Brokeback Mountain

A bit slow but still good as I remember. Leger was great, a real master of how to use speech to convey character.

#549: 10/12/2011

How to Train Your Dragon

Really good. Probably DreamWorks Animation's second best film after Shrek. Had I seen this in my days of reading Eragon, it may have been one of my favorite films.

#548: 10/11/2011

Moneyball

It's great to see a film that glorifies the power and precision of rational thought and mathematics, an important notion seldom expressed by Hollywood, a community of artists. My respect for Brad Pitt has increased to ever higher levels.

#547: 10/10/2011

The Shining (half)

Saw half of this with Blaiz but she walked out, to my disappointment.

#546: 10/8/2011

Trailer Park Boys - The Movie (half)

Got halfway through this before we were all too drunk to pay attention.

#545: 10/8/2011

Drive (quarter)

This seemed good but Randy didn't really want to finish it so we turned on TPB instead.

#544: 10/7/2011

How to Train Your Dragon (half)

Saw half of this but got distracted. Gonna have to go back and finish it.

#543: 10/7/2011

Dirty Dancing

It is what it is. Maybe a bit simpleminded but still has some good parts. Such a girl movie. Still glad I saw it.

#542: 10/3/2011

Going the Distance

Predictable with a weak ending. Blaiz hated this film, I thought it was alright. I didn't have high expectations going into it so I guess I was just pleased it held my interest for most of the time.

#541: 10/2/2011

Anchorman (half)

Still very funny. Anchorman, Step Brothers, Tropic Thunder, Team America, Death at a Funeral (2007), and The Hangover are the best comedies of the last ten years.

#540: 10/1/2011

Step Brothers

Funniest movie since The Hangover

#539: 9/29/2011

Tropic Thunder

I still love this one, even after three or four viewings. Very funny.

#538: 9/20/2011

Ever After

Too corny for me. This is a movie for little girls. Sweet but simpleminded. And bad cinematography, riddled with lens flares and the kinds of exposure problems you would expect on a film of a much smaller budget.

#537: 9/20/2011

Donnie Brasco

Fairly good but I've seen this story too many times before.

#536: 9/20/2011

Into the Wild

Okay this was good, and in a lot of ways I highly respect and relate to Chris McCandless, but his grand intentions are marred by the foolishness of his youth. If he had lived a few more years he might've become a very wise man. Was it really too much to call home just a couple times? Just to be like "Hey Ma, I'm alive." But I liked his quote about truth, and his spirit. And though I disagree with his anti-capitalist sentiments, I can otherwise relate to this kid perhaps a little too much to respect him.

#535: 9/19/2011

Capturing the Freidmans (half)

Couldn't finish this one, it was kinda boring, and I feel like I already know where it's going - which is to say that pedophiles aren't criminals they're just sick, so they should be treated as patients rather than criminals, in which case I agree.

#534: 9/19/2011

Blue Valentine

Very powerfully done. Superb acting, Gosling is becoming one of my favorite actors. Just a solid film all-around, congrats to Cienfrance on a job well done.

#533: 9/18/2011

10 Things I Hate About You

This was really good. Why did Heath have to go and die? I love that scene where he sings for her. But overall it was a great film. Julia Stiles' character kinda reminds me of Brenna.

#532: 9/16/2011

The Art of Travel

Interesting synopsis but bad film. Poorly written. As a result everything from the performances to the overall structure suffer.

#531: 9/15/2011

Super Troopers

This was okay but not as good as I'd expected.

#530: 9/14/2011

Eurotrip

Funny. Makes me want to go to Europe.

#529: 9/13/2011

The Shawshank Redemption

Great movie. This has got to be one of the top five most popular films of the last twenty years, and while it might not be THAT good, it's pretty close.

#528: 9/13/2011

Team America

Brilliant, Hilarious. In that order. Trey Stone and Matt Parker are probably the greatest satirists of our time. Loved the Pussy-Dick-Asshole metaphor and the part where Lisa tells Gary she'll sleep with him if he promises he'll never die.

#527: 9/12/2011

Gran Torino

Pretty good but the dialogue and acting were pretty bad (Clint aside). Otherwise it was good. However none of the other films I've seen by him compare to Million Dollar Baby so I can't say he's quite as great of a director as I had hoped.

#526: 9/12/2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (half)

Kicked off my movie marathon with Blaiz with this film, one of her childhood favorites, but we only got halfway through before she suggested we turn it off. It was boring but nevertheless an interesting reminder of what film used to be.

#525: 9/12/2011

Winter's Bone

This was good but depressing. But a nice introduction to this Jennifer Lawrence girl everyone is talking about.

#524: 9/3/2011

Letters from Iwo Jima

This was great in a lot of ways but it went on too long. But nevertheless a good film. I need to study Eastwood more.

#523: 9/1/2011

The Odd Couple

Funny, cute. A good intro to the Lemon-Mathau duo.

#522: 8/29/2011

The Help

This was good. A rich cast of characters. Really gave a sense of the times. And it was inspiring.

#521: 8/22/2011

The Princess Bride

Watched this with Blaiz, still good.

#520: 8/21/2011

Bully

Basically starts out as a film about a bunch of sexy, dumb kids fucking. Then when they actually have to accomplish something, they naturally make about every stupid decision possible. So I liked it. Unapologetically realistic. If there was a time when NC-17 was supposed to be a bad thing, that time is ending fast.

#519: 8/17/2011

I Love You Man

Pretty funny, love Segal and Rudd was good too. Rashida Jones was cute as ever. Yeah overall pretty good. Thoroughly enjoyed that it was shot in my area.

#518: 8/16/2011

The Proposal

Watched this with Blaiz this morning, it was alright. Interesting.

#517: 8/13/2011

Pretty Woman

This was good. I can relate to Gere's character.

#516: 8/11/2011

Never Let Me Go

Watched this with Blaiz, it was alright. Good performances but a bit slow, and I couldn't understand why they didn't just run away. Also there seems to be some anti-cloning sentiment here that I morally can't support. However I do love that closing line: "What I'm not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time."

#515: 8/10/2011

The Social Network (half)

Only watched half because it was so dreadfully late when I started it. But it was still fantastic.

#514: 8/9/2011

Limitless

This was very good, gripping. There were some parts I'd do differently but overall it was a satisfactory execution of a great idea.

#513: 8/8/2011

Fantastic Flesh - The Art of Movie Makeup EFX

Fairly interesting, not really as educational as I'd hoped. I wanted to learn some industry secrets, perhaps naively, but all I got were people flattering each other.

#512: 8/7/2011

127 Hours

Watched this again with Blaiz. Still very good. Major high fives to Boyle and Franco.

#511: 8/6/2011

Food Inc. (half)

Simple-minded old news. I have no tolerance for this hippy bullshit. Someone give these idiots a primer on macroeconomics and Utilitarianism.

#510: 8/4/2011

Notting Hill

This was really cute and I'd been meaning to see it for a while so I'm pleased I finally did. Watched it with Blaiz on what was supposed to be a "productive" day. But it ended up being very leisurely but it was worth it.

#509: 8/1/2011

The Beach

This was really good, had such a great spirit of adventure. It was perhaps a bit idealistic, I doubt an island lifestyle like that would really be much of a paradise, in all honesty it'd probably be more like poverty. But I like the fantasy of it anyways.

#508: 7/30/2011

Megamind (half)

Watched half of this one night but got distracted. It was okay.

#507: 7/28/2011

Pride and Prejudice

Watched this with Blaiz because she said it was her favorite movie. I liked it too, good music, cinematography, production design, wardrobe. The script had some biting lines and Knightly was adorable. Lagged a bit at times but otherwise a solid film.

#506: 7/27/2011

Due Date

Basically just a remake of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. But fairly funny nonetheless.

#505: 7/26/2011

Apocalypto

Great film, I respect Gibson as a director. I love the way it just takes you to a place and time I otherwise couldn't have experienced.

#504: 7/25/2011

The Basketball Diaries

Watched this film with Blaiz and Randy cause he said it was the film that best represented his childhood. It was good, very intense. Good performances by DiCaprio.

#503: 7/18/2011

The Fighter

Great film, Christian Bale was fantastic.

#502: 7/16/2011

Beauty and the Beast (less than half)

Fell asleep thirty minutes in cause I was tired. I still love this film.

#501: 7/15/2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Saw this with Mark in preparation for watching part two the following Sunday. Found it kinda boring, but I was also lying in bed at night while watching so perhaps that is partially responsible for my difficulty staying awake.

#500: 7/13/2011

Osmosis Jones (less than half)

Tried to watch this for the anatomical references but it was just too stupid to bear.

#499: 7/12/2011

Horrible Bosses

Saw this to pass the time with Mark as we were coming down from his first mushroom trip. I thought it was pretty funny but I was still missing like a quarter of my brain at the time.

#498: 6/26/2011

True Romance

Watched this with Randy after our trip to Mojave.

#497: 6/24/2011

I Am Sam

This was good. I was worried it might take an unrealistically optimistic turn but it never did. Penn was great as always.

#496: 6/24/2011

Howl (half)

Started to watch this cause Franco was in it but I found it to be pretentious, or at least beyond my appreceation for poetry, and also too gay. I just didn't feel like watching animations of a guy fly through a forest of dicks spouting poetry I didn't care for.

#495: 6/24/2011

Revenge of the Nerds (half)

Started to watch this but turned it off because I felt I was wasting my life. I hate those idiot nerds, and the idea that they're supposed to be "smart."

#494: 6/21/2011

The Graduate

Great film, I could really relate to Hoffman's character. He even drives my favorite car, a red 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider.

#493: 6/19/2011

Star Trek

Superb reboot of the series. Thrilled that they pulled it off, now a whole new generation can appreciate this classic franchise. However my main criticism is that the series seems to have lost it's intellectual audacity. I'm not a Trekkie, in fact this was the first Star Trek story I've ever seen, but I've heard the series was originally renowned for it's bold, philosophical nature, that it was ahead of its time, and it seems that this film has sacrificed that for broad appeal, for simplistic, typical Hollywood ideas of morality. I deeply hope it regains some of that true intelligence, but as a Blockbuster franchise, I highly doubt that'll ever happen. Nevertheless it was a solid film.

#492: 6/17/2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Way better than the first half. Like all Blockbusters, it has the usual faults, but all things considered was a solid end to the franchise.

#491: 6/12/2011

Reservoir Dogs

This is a great, great film. Still Tarantino's second best after Pulp Fiction. The infamous torture scene is extremely gripping. It noticably altered my breathing and heart rate. !!! SPOILER ALERT !!! Loved Mr. Pink, that he was the only "professional," the only reasonable one and that he got away with it all. Also loved the acoustics of the warehouse, I think it added a lot of power to their voices during the arguments.

#490: 6/12/2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop (less than half)

Turned it on briefly but it simply didn't capture my interest.

#489: 6/12/2011

Starz Inside - The Face is Familiar

Watched this with Randy but I wasn't paying attention the whole time. Probably had less to do with the movie than the bowl we smoked beforehand.

#488: 6/10/2011

The Pixar Story

This was really insightful and right down my alley in a number of ways. Increased my already high respect for Pixar.

#487: 6/9/2011

Unforgiven

Great Eastwood pic. Made me realize how much I relate to him. Suppose I'm kinda the strong, silent type too. Not sure if I like that "silent" part though. Regardless, a great film. Real. And so cinematic.

#486: 6/7/2011

Diary of a Nymphomaniac

Frankly, I was only attracted to this film cause I thought it'd be hot. But it was actually quite beautiful.

#485: 5/27/2011

Bridesmaids

This was pretty funny for a chick flick. Saw this at the theater with Lindy, Dia, Hector, and some other guys.

#484: 5/14/2011

Muriel's Wedding

This was a generally well made film with a solid performance by Toni Collette. However I didn't like the protagonist most of the time, and I was afraid the film would end up glorifying her shortcomings and delusional reality, but fortunately towards the end she started to take steps toward real happiness, so I liked that.

#483: 5/13/2011

Election

Very good, better than I expected. Great style, writing and performances. Also some very true statements.

#482: 5/12/2011

Lords of Dogtown

This was pretty good. Classic rise and fall story. I'm so proud that it took place in what is now my neighborhood. Heath Ledger was fantastic, naturally.

#481: 5/11/2011

The Babysitters (half)

Watched this cause I was really high. Also I heard it was actually not too bad.

#480: 5/8/2011

The Kids Are All Right

Watched this with Hale on Mark's recommendation. It was funny in the little things. So a well made film. However I did catch myself thinking: "Wow this is such a white movie." And I usually don't notice those things, so either I'm gaining some perspective or this film shrieks "Privelege" on a whole new level. Btw Mia Wasikowska was unbearably hot. It was just downright distracting.

#479: 5/3/2011

Gangs of New York

Watched this at Cathy's place with Zio Johnny. It was almost as good as I remember it, which is really quite good. Fun night.

#478: 4/28/2011

Before Sunrise

Watched this before I went to bed Wednesday night. It was fairly good but I didn't like Ethan Hawke. Just something about his personality bugs me. I didn't find their conversations that interesting either, or any of their activities. They try so hard to convince each other how smart they are but really don't say anything new. If I'm going to watch a movie about a date it better be a damn good one. Maybe if they talked less and did more. Just seems like this screenplay was written by a novelist, not a real screenwriter that understands film is a visual medium.

#477: 4/28/2011

Dumb and Dumber

Watched this stoned to see if it would be a riot. It was funny but not a riot.

#476: 4/26/2011

West Side Story (first half hour)

Watched the first half hour but just didn't have the patience for the whole thing. I can't devote two and a half hours to a film that runs 3 scenes an hour. Obviously it was a great film for it's time but times have changed.

#475: 4/24/2011

Alpha Dog

Watched this at Randy's. It was really good but I was a bit drunk and it had been built up too much. But still very good. Some excellent performances. Ben Foster was particularly intense.

#474: 4/23/2011

Network

This was alright. It was smart but it knew it, and it really didn't say anything new. It also wasn't that funny, but I did like the classic "I'm mad as Hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" scene. I believe it was probably inspired by a real life event involving some radio broadcast but I can't remember the details.

#473: 4/22/2011

The Princess Bride

Every once in a while some classic romance film will come along and just take over my life for a few hours or days, though usually it's a few particular scenes rather than the whole film. The opening "As You Wish" sequence is what did it for me here. That fucking music. It's True Romance all over again. God knows how many times I watched that sequence before eventually drifting off to sleep at 4 in the morning. You know I can often be a cold and calculating theorist, a ruthless capitalist, a stoic pragmatist, but films like this remind me that at heart I'll always be a hopeless romantic.

#472: 4/20/2011

Risky Business

Great movie. I had no idea Tom Cruise was so young in this but that was interesting. I really connected with his character here, the good student that gets fucked over by the system and then makes it all on his own. There is no justice in bureaucracy. I wish they didn't make him lose all the cash at the end of the film, but I suppose that was done for mass appeal. Still a great film.

#471: 4/19/2011

The Cruise

I pity Timothy Levitch. My intention here isn't to be mean but sincere. I understand his neuroticism, his fragility, his intelligence, but I do not respect him. I think his tragic flaw is that for all his depth and pondering, he doesn't really care about the truth. He cares more about whether it is witty, ironic, or for an instant aligned with his sporadic emotional state, but not whether it's actually accurate or rational. I don't think there is a term for this condition but it's very common. That said, he is obviously intelligent and passionate, so I think he has potential and I just hope he realizes it. I watched this film on the recommendation of my friend Dmitri, who said he highly relates to Levitch, but personally I think Dmitri is a far better man.

#470: 4/16/2011

Your Highness

I went to see this with Randy and Becka. Randy hated it, citing it's stupidity. I probably would've agreed with him if I'd been sober while watching it. But I was really stoned so I liked it. Perhaps that is how it is meant to be viewed. I also liked that whole fantastical element. And James Franco plus Natalie Portman in a fantasy spoof... come on how could I possibly resist?

#469: 4/15/2011

Shakespeare in Love

Pretty good. Love Gwyneth Paltrow. I'm not sure if Fiennes pulled off Shakespeare, he didn't seem smart or deep enough to pull off the legendary writer, but I suppose there aren't many that could.

#468: 4/14/2011

Anger Management

Funnier than I remembered, also has a good message about expressing yourself.

#467: 4/12/2011

Best in Show

Kinda funny. The best bit was when the guy was talking about how he used to drive his mother crazy by naming all the different types of nuts.

#466: 4/11/2011

Get Shorty

A witty and honest look at the similarities between being a mobster and a Hollywood executive. Pretty funny. Travolta was good in this.

#465: 4/8/2011

Ghost World

This was interesting but I didn't like the protagonist. Just another pretentious art student that has the answers to all the world's problems yet can't even handle her own simple little life. Aside from that, it was a good movie.

#464: 4/7/2011

Tales from the Script

Meh. Decent documentary about screenwriting. A few mildly interesting points but not really worth the time. It was mostly just people complaining about the industry. This is a good film for scaring people away from the industry.

#463: 4/6/2011

Brothers

I heard this was an incredible film. Well it was good, but not incredible. Solid though. I'm surprised that Natalie Portman wasn't featured more prominently on the cover, though I think there are multiple covers and I suppose I might have seen an earlier one from before Black Swan. Still, she's been popular for years.

#462: 4/5/2011

Apollo 13

I liked this one quite a bit, it made me marvel at the triumphs of humanity. Tom Hanks is the safest bet in Hollywood. All his films are good. Does he get final cut in his contracts or what?

#461: 4/3/2011

Boogie Nights

Mark highly recommended this film. Maybe it's the fact that I was A LITTLE tired when I watched it, but I wasn't particularly impressed. I mean it was a good film, and I do love Paul Thomas Anderson, but there just wasn't anything that really stood out for me here. The casting was good, and I suppose it was daring in that it humanized pornographers. Still, I'd ultimately just say it's a good film, not a great one.

#460: 3/26/2011

The Year My Voice Broke

Very good film. I look forward to watching Flirting. I need to know why director John Duigan didn't finish the autobiographical trilogy, especially considering the praise the first two films got.

#459: 3/24/2011

This is Spinal Tap (half)

I didn't think it was that funny. Also I was tired. Hale mentioned that I might've been missing some age-specific references.

#458: 3/21/2011

Timer

This was cute and at times surprisingly funny, and the ending was less predictable than you'd think, but ultimately it was still a pretty conventional romantic comedy in tone and depth. However I was excited to see it was distributed by Present Pictures, I remember them from Good Dick and have come to respect their company.

#457: 3/19/2011

Punch-Drunk Love

There were moments in this film that I loved, but couldn't understand why. It's like some higher power was showing me things I couldn't quite grasp. There was also some fantastic acting by Adam Sandler, especially his facial expressions on the close up shot in the restaurant right before he trashes the bathroom.

#456: 3/18/2011

Interview with the Vampire

Uh this was alright. A bit slow. And I found it funny how Tom Cruise's character kept returning we'd thought he'd died. But Brad Pitt was good and Kirsten Dunst was cute in this. Her character, a 30 year old vampire trapped in a child's body, was very interesting, and could've been moreso if it was further explored. What happens to a woman trapped in a little girl's body? What implications would that have on her development? That could be a film in itself, and a controversial one.

#455: 3/16/2011

8 Mile

I'd been waiting to see this film for a long time, and I'm pleased to say it totally fulfilled my expectations. It was real, it's a real story about real issues in a world most of us have never known. This film is said to have earned critical praise but I feel it is underrated nonetheless. That said, I must point out that the last quarter was a bit drawn out and predictable. However, this was inevitable, and it wasn't any more predictable than your average fare, and Jimmy's execution of the final round was very clever both strategically and symbolically. I was going to write that it was overall a surprisingly good film, but honestly I wasn't that surprised. This was Marshall Mathers at the peak of his career - I've come to expect as much. Also Brittany Murphey easily pulled off what could have been a very difficult role. I loved her since Just Married and it was bittersweet seeing her again.

#454: 3/14/2011

You Can't Take it with You

Another Capra-Stewart film. Too anti-commerce and corny for me, but I imagine it would've played well in the times when it was released (the Depression). The ending was pretty good but the prospect of a guy who can't be bought out for any amount of money is insane. He could've sold that house for four times it's worth, pocketed half the enormous profit and given the other half to charity. But no, he wants to stubbornly stay put for sentimental reasons. Very selfish. I could not buy into the notion that this irrational, hedonistic man should be a symbol of wisdom. Aged, populist fluff. That said, I still like Capra, love Stewart, and remain a fan of the duo.

#453: 3/12/2011

Freakonomics

This was alright. Not as interesting as it looked, and it didn't really say anything new.

#452: 3/10/2011

My Name is Jerry

So I watched this film on Netflix after meeting director Morgan Mead at a party. Slow at times, but good performances all around and quite a few recognizable faces (Alison Scagliotti, Don Stark, Catherine Hicks

#451: 3/9/2011

The Virgin Suicides

This film just made me really really hate the mother character. I guess that was Sofia's intent but I don't have to like it. But ultimately I do respect the film and it deepens my resolve to liberate the oh-so oppressed teenage people.

#450: 2/22/2011

The Sting

This was good but a tad slow. I think I would have liked it more if I'd been alive to see it upon its original release. I do love Paul Newman though, and I guess this Robert Redford guy is pretty cool too.

#449: 2/13/2011

Dances with Wolves

Very good film all around but it villifies the white people too much. It makes them "the bad guys." There were no good guys or bad guys, they were all just people that didn't understand each other.

#448: 2/10/2011

Meet the Parents

Not as funny as I remember it, but still good.

#447: 1/28/2011

The Fifth Element

I'm not big on sci-fi but how could I resist LeeLoo? Still, didn't love it. I think sci-fi is the hardest genre to do well and the only person who's ever come close is Kubrick.

#446: 1/26/2011

Bread and Tulips

Good but kinda slow.

#445: 1/21/2011

The Runaways

Kristen Stewart's role here taught me a lot about her and increased my already high respect for her. Also taught me a lot about a band I should be more familiar with.

#444: 1/19/2011

Blazing Saddles

I've been meaning to watch this for a while, it was one of the few major Mel Brooks films I hadn't seen. It was alright, but not as good as his other stuff. I think I partly watched this because I think Westerns are having a tiny comeback.

#443: 1/17/2011

Jackie Brown

This was alright but I gotta pretty lost part way through. Caught it all at the end but I'm not sure this kind of film maximizes audience enjoyment. Nevertheless not a bad film.

#442: 1/14/2011

Cast Away

Not as good as I remember it, but still a solid film.

#441: 1/13/2011

City Island

A good indie dysfunctional family comedy. However the Netflix reviews led me to believe it would be hilarious, though it was in fact only amusing and occasionally made me smirk. Still good though. These last two films have increased my faith in independent cinema.

#440: 1/8/2011

Humboldt County

I was expecting this to be a comedy, since there's a giant doobie on the cover. However it was a drama, and quite good, though it was a bit too radically left at times. Nevertheless it was a surprisingly good film.

#439: 1/7/2011

Natural Born Killers

This was good and quite powerful. An important film to watch. My main criticism however is that as an audience member I was brought on to sympathize and identify with the psychotic homicidal protagonists. Sure they're a cute couple, and I love a rebel as much as anyone, but these people were sick. I should not have felt happy when they got away. I blame Stone for this.

#438: 1/5/2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This was good. It was quite funny and had an unforgettable style, and was very representative of current times and my generation. However there was something missing. Not sure what. Perhaps it just wasn't my style. But still a solid film.

#437: 1/4/2011

Sleepless in Seattle (half)

Watched the second half today. Not bad. It was corny at times but I still felt happy when they finally met up.

#436: 1/2/2011

Sleepless in Seattle (half)

I was tired, I fell asleep. I'll finish it later.

#435: 1/1/2011

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Very good. Comedy classic.

#434: 12/30/2010

Police Academy (half)

Too stupid, couldn't watch it. Not funny.

#433: 12/29/2010

Holy Rollers

Laura C., a fan-turned-friend recommended this film to me. I'd been watching Jesse Eisenberg interviews earlier that day and it was instantly streamable on Netflix so I turned it on. Solid film. Jesse is so reliable in his film choices.

#432: 12/28/2010

East of Eden

Watched this due to my recent interest in James Dean. It was good but I didn't love it, though it gave me further insight into Dean's personality. Also the first Kazan film I'm aware of seeing (though I've probably seen others without knowing). Taught me a little about human nature.

#431: 12/26/2010

Casino (last two thirds)

Got a bit better with time. Still not amoung Scorsese's best but it was interesting and taught me some things.

#430: 12/26/2010

Ratatouille (half)

This was alright, not Pixar's best.

#429: 12/25/2010

True Grit

A solid film, like No Country for Old Men, but I personally prefer their earlier, comedic work. Nevertheless it will likely mark the beginning of a resurgence in the Western genre of film.

#428: 12/24/2010

Ratatouille (half)

Watched this with Mark. See comments below.

#427: 12/21/2010

Casino (a third)

This was okay but kind of boring. Not sure I can stand three hours of it. Interesting though, but too slow.

#426: 12/20/2010

Tangled

Okay this was alright. Mark nailed it when he said it's "formulaic." Yeah, about as formulaic as it oculd be. But I do love adventure, and would be lying if I said I wasn't turned on by it's adventurous spirit. The ending was pretty lame though. But Rapunzel was pretty damn cute.

#425: 12/19/2010

Grey Gardens

Watched this with the family. It was funny but kinda annoying. Mark liked it (he'd seen it before) but I wasn't crazy about it. I don't find much amusement in watching these sad, stupid people.

#424: 12/18/2010

Cape Fear

I'm really confused by how bad this film turned. How could Scorsese end this film so badly? Other parts were good but at the end Mark and I were just laughing out loud. I'm speechless in a very bad way. Also I had an interesting alternate take on Nolte's character's motives early on in the film.

#423: 12/15/2010

Dazed and Confused

I didn't realize this was going to be about high school, but I found it to be very good. I'm really starting to identify with characters like Randall "Pink" Floyd. Guess I'm not as cool as he is but I respect his rebellious attitude.

#422: 12/14/2010

127 Hours

Great film, very intense and real. No criticisms. Danny got it right. And praise to Franco, as always.

#421: 12/12/2010

True Romance

I am so fucking high right now. On music, just music. This score, by Hans Zimmer, is just, I'm done. I'm done. I wrote in my Facebook status "If I ever die, music will be the culprit." The scene where Alabama comes clean about her past, where they declare their love for each other, my God I could've died. I'm really in no state to write a decent review. I'm so high, so high. I don't understand this music thing. It's just too powerful, it doesn't make sense. The latter half of scene 5, "Coming Clean." Arquette is so adorable, her revelation so honest. The location, so random and lovely. There's something in her voice, that trace of tears. There are bags under her eyes and unflattering lighting but I loved her so much here. That fucking music. I can't breath. Her whole monologue. I'm just... I don't know. But that last bit, the admittance of love. "I'm not lying to you, and I swear from this moment forth, I'll never lie to you again." Wow. Wow. Her laugh too. I guess I should focus on the guy somewhat but... guess I'm straight. I mean he was good, let's not deny that, but I'm operating on emotion now. Biology. I don't know what it is about music that turns me into a bumbling fool. I think that's what did it in this scene. Music and beauty. No but there's more, the whole revelation thing, and the oath of never lying again. Guess that one just hit home. Okay it's been a few days, I'm sober again. So I suppose I should also mention "The Sicilian Scene." Obviously it's great. I watched Tarantino's full Commentary and half of Tony Scott's. Found Tarantino's to be really fascinating, Scott's was alright too though. I should check out the one with the stars. Overall a solid film, but that scene on the billboard is the one I won't forget.

#420: 12/7/2010

The Social Network

I had high expectations going into this film and it didn't disappoint. Jessie Eisenberg is always a good bet and the pacing is intense. My only criticism is that the portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg as a genius was a bit off in that Eisenberg's character consistently spoke too quickly. I don't think geniuses run around their lives at 300% regular mental speed. They're normal people, or at least they act like it. Granted, he did slow down a bit towards the end of the film, but I think his tone, and the tone of the whole film, was too consistently tense. Life isn't like that, life has a lot of different paces, and anything that runs too fast and hard too often just doesn't feel like a well rounded portrayal of a person or a life. You need more variety. But overall a good film, maybe the year's best.

#419: 12/5/2010

Once

Didn't finish this film, only got 75% through. It just wasn't holding my attention. It looks so cheap I can't stand it. Not just technically but even in terms of locations and the girl's performance and everything. Just wasn't a fan. But I do love "Falling Slowly." That is undoubtedly the highlight of the film.

#418: 12/1/2010

Cool Hand Luke

So this is that Paul Newman guy everyone is always talking about? I can see why. Reminds me a lot of James Dean. What's funny is that I used to think rebels were stupid.

#417: 11/27/2010

The Importance of Being Earnest

I love Oscar Wilde. Thought this was really quite funny and overall well done. Theatre is interesting - the whole story takes place in three locations. Wow. And yet it's still captivating. I think that's an important lesson for indie filmmakers.

#416: 11/24/2010

James Dean

I've felt for a long time that this would be important to watch, and it was, to learn from and about two important actors, James Dean and James Franco. Obviously Franco is not yet of equal importance to James Dean, but I think his potential is as of yet unreached, and his ambition is great. I liked the film, I could really relate to young Dean at this point in my life.

#415: 11/16/2010

An Education

One of the most promising, and ultimately disappointing films of the year. Never have I seen a film with such potential to be bold and groundbreaking take such a sharp turn down into timid conventionalism. As a Dean's List drop-out hardly a year out of university, I can testify that these filmmakers are out of touch with contemporary education and certainly don't have a clue about its future.

#414: 11/14/2010

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I liked it, but it's hard to watch in one sitting. I think that's chiefly due to the unconventional plot structure. You don't know where you are in the film and feel it very well could go on forever. But it had some interesting characters and events so probably still worth watching. Just not again anytime soon. Really great title though. One of the best one line descriptions of life I've heard in a while.

#413: 11/12/2010

Mulholland Drive

Intersting. Lynch is an interesting man. Not particularly fond of the vague ending though. Think I'm going to have to make a film called Wilshire since Mulholland and Sunset Blvd are taken.

#412: 11/12/2010

Driving Miss Daisy

Cute. Had a few good scenes. It's all about the little moments: teaching him to read, the racist cops, feeding her the pie. Little moments.

#411: 11/6/2010

Good Time Max

Watched this because I love James Franco. It looked pretty low budget but wasn't bad. Slightly better than I expected.

#410: 11/2/2010

Gandhi

This was good, and highly educational. I've been meaning to learn about Gandhi for years. He was evidently a very wise man but I don't agree with him on all fronts. I'll have to give it more thought before I comment further.

#409: 10/27/2010

La Dolce Vita

I think I am too far removed culturally and temporally to appreciate the significance of this film. With some post-viewing research I came to understand and appreciate it a little more but ideally that shouldn't be necessary. I don't think I learn that much from a film so far out of my frame of reference. It's like making teenagers read Shakespeare (an all too common practice). However there were some memorable scenes. I realize now that I watched this partially because Joseph Gordon-Levitt casually mentioned it in a YouTube video. Funny how those little things influence us. I think the criticisms were lost to me because I don't find the protagonist's various escapades all that shocking or immoral. At least he's still searching. His brand of hedonism, while unfulfilling, is far more honest and meaningful than a life of blind passivity.

#408: 10/25/2010

Good Dick

Very good, much better than I had expected. Very sweet, funny and brave. I'm really quite surprised by the quality of this little-known film. I will try to remember Ms. Marianna Palma.

#407: 10/24/2010

Harold and Maude

It's naive, radically leftist, impractical ideological slant ruins what could have been a good film. The characters and humor are interesting, but the acting is mediocre, the preaching far too blatant, and the events contrived. It seems that the film has used unrealistic situations to try and validate the theories within because if they were ever applied in reality their impracticality would be far too evident to ignore. The film is supposed to be about someone full of life, who's seen and done it all, but no one with that depth of success would ever believe these ideas. I think this would be a far greater film if those involved had actually lived the lives they wished to glorify, because it would have taught them how to do it properly. This film is like a child's solution to world hunger.

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In Bruges

Quite amusing. Increased my respect for Colin Farrell.

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A Clockwork Orange (half)

I had turned it on to check something but couldn't pull myself away for at least a good half hour.

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Skins (First Generation)

Brilliant. Watched the whole generation (two seasons) in 5 days. Loved Tony.

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Pulp Fiction

Still great, even after several viewings. This truly is one of the best films of all time.

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The Assassination of Jesse James

This took me a while to complete, since it is tremendously long and kinda slow, but it was pretty good. Loved Casey Affleck.

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What the Bleep Do We Know

Watched this with Brenna. It was incredibly bad, one of the worst films I've ever seen.

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Alien

Really quite good, but I heard the sequel is better. Looking forward to it. A good film nevertheless.

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Blue Velvet

Really quite magnificently creepy. Odd... I'll have to watch Mr. Lynch.

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Sixteen Candles

Good, but not as good as The Breakfast Club.

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Snatch

Brilliant. Up there with Pulp Fiction.

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It's a Wonderful Life

Watched this with Blaiz cause it was around Christmas and she'd never seen it. Always good.

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Elf

For kids only.

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Fight Club

Interesting as always, I'm starting to think it's more of a comedy.

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Pineapple Express

I watched this film for James Franco's performance.

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American Beauty

Unfortunately this seems to get worse with every subsequent viewing. But for now, it's still good.

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What Happens in Vegas

Blaiz wanted to watch this. It was alright. Interesting.

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American Wedding

This concluded our American Pie marathon (naturally none of the other Pie spinoffs count). Looking forward to American Reunion.

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She's the Man (half)

Meh whatever. Kinda funny at times. Blaiz was watching so I joined in.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Blaiz had never seen this and it's one of my all time favorites so we had to watch it.

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Friday Night Lights

The story of Boobie Miles is what stuck with me. That really, really sucks.

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American Pie 2

A shadow of the original but entertaining nonetheless.

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American Pie

You know this obviously isn't like a high art film but I still think it is excellent, more important and artful than most so-called prestigious films that are far less relatable, progressive, or real.

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Life is Beautiful

Mark pushed me to see this. It was good. Maybe my expectations were too high.

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Gravity

Saw this on the big screen with Blaiz and Jon. Somehow I got tricked into a 3D theatre. Always a mistake. I remember thinking, when I first put on the goggles, "Wow this really only appeals to people on a very stupid level." Like it's purely just a simple visual illusion, merely a sensory gimmick with no actual depth or variance over time. Why do we pay extra for this? It's like if I showed you a cloth that looked dry but felt wet, and you just stood there for two hours touching it and marvelling. It gets old very fast. Basically instantly. As for the film itself, it was good, but not the masterpiece the critical reviews had led me to expect. Blaiz summed it up well when she said "It's kinda repetitive." Don't get me wrong it was tense and well made but there was plenty of room for more.

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12 Years A Slave (half)

So stupid and boring. Yeah every white guy was evil right? Why would they spend all week trying to steal a slave just to kill them cause they give you the wrong look? Even if that slave owner didn't give a shit about human life he still just threw away a fuckload of money. It's so stupid. Whities that make these films that are so extremely pro-black by being anti-white are over compensating for something they don't want to admit. People are people, tell the truth, that's it. And just cause some ancestor you never met went through shit doesn't give you a free ride now. If that ancestor was still alive he could get some compensation but you are not your relatives, don't exploit their sufferings for your gain.

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Entourage

Educational, though obviously a glamorization. Watched two and a half seasons.

#380: 10/23/2010

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Very good, I loved Landau's story and performance. Absolutely captivating. Allen's character is all too familiar but through Landau's half of the story I have come to respect Allen as a screenwriter and filmmaker more. While watching this film, and morally relating to Landau's situation and debating whether I would have done the same, I think I learned a lot about man's easy descent into crime.

#379: 10/23/2010

A Fish Called Wanda (half)

Realized partially through that I've already seen this film and can't sit through it again. It's okay.

#378: 10/22/2010

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Kept me interested the whole time. Very sexy. This isn't one of Nicholson's best films but it's still pretty damn good.

#377: 10/20/2010

Terms of Endearment

An all-around great film. It really captures the feel of life, the highs, lows, and everything in between. I haven't cried this much since Titanic. Immediately afterward I watched the Director's Commentary. I feel wiser having seen this.

#376: 10/19/2010

Helvetica

About as good as you would expect a film about a single font to be. So not very.

#375: 10/18/2010

Jerry Maguire

This was great, a lot of really great lines and powerful scenes. Think I learned a lot from this movie.

#374: 10/17/2010

Five Easy Pieces

I thought it was okay, but realized how little I understood the movie during my post-viewing research. I only saw Jack's character's surface personality, not the concealed depth, and thereby missed the essence of the film. Perhaps I was just tired. Regardless, I'll have to watch it again sometime.

#373: 10/15/2010

Barton Fink

Good, great ending. Have to think this one over.

#372: 10/15/2010

Dr. Strangelove - Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Still good. Sellers is pretty funny. Though I must admit it still FEELS a bit overrated.

#371: 10/12/2010

When Harry Met Sally

Not bad. Probably Billy Crystal's best.

#370: 10/11/2010

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I'm not big on mystery movies but this was still pretty good.

#369: 10/9/2010

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Well obviously it's a strong film on many fronts. It's highly tolerant attitude goes nearlytoo far, but it is redeemed by it's admittance that obesity and retardation are indeed unfortunate circumstances. So I'll praise it for that because too many lesser films of this nature would have denied those traits to be faulty. So ultimately a pretty good film. Was nice to see all these actors in their youth. This was also the first movie I've ever watched on Netflix.

#368: 10/4/2010

Aladdin

Very good, inspiring. Made me want to live on Paul Holman's roof in Venice.

#367: 10/1/2010

Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove

Documentaries on Kubrick are always so fascinating, he's just a good character I guess.

#366: 10/1/2010

Stanley Kubrick's Boxes

Insightful and fascinating, led me to stay up far too late to watch:

#365: 9/20/2010

Bran Nue Dae

Saw this with Gary at the Laemelle theatre on Second. It was okay. I liked the idea of the Laemelle Theatre chain though.

#364: 9/16/2010

The Little Mermaid

Watched this with Koy. Great movie, so fun.

#363: 9/11/2010

Where the Wild Things Are

Watched this with Koy. He fell asleep. It was still good but felt worse than the first time I saw it.

#362: 9/9/2010

The Big Lebowski (half)

This film has no review.

#361: 9/8/2010

The Big Lebowski

I just love this film, and the fact that I now live in its setting. References to In-N-Out Burger and Ralph's blow my mind.

#360: 8/12/2010

Waking Life

Interesting, trippy.

#359: 8/11/2010

Charlie Wilson's War

Quite a good movie.

#358: 8/6/2010

The Big Lebowski

Brilliant, hilarious, all very true.

#357: 8/6/2010

Dracula (1931) (less than half)

Couldn't stand this. I know it's a classic, but it's just too bad to be worth watching.

#356: 8/5/2010

To Kill A Mockingbird

Really quite good. Atticus Finch is quite the hero, maybe a role model, though he is a bit too conventional (perhaps). I'll have to contemplate the morality of the ending in a little more depth, but as of now I'd say it was probably justified, but for far more complicated reasons than this film presents. Nevertheless, still a very good film. Loved the children.

#355: 8/1/2010

Lost in Translation

A very good movie. I appreciated it much better this time.

#354: 7/31/2010

Sleepy Hollow (half)

I was really excited to watch another Burton/Depp film, but the writing was just so bad I couldn't sit through it.

#353: 7/17/2010

Grownups

I didn't expect much going into this. Incidentally, my expectations turned out to be far too high. This is the worst film I've seen since What the Bleep Do We Know? It's so bad it's not even accidentally funny. It's just depressing.

#352: 7/15/2010

Inception

Way too complicated. Still has cool action sequences, but don't expect to understand the plot. Feels like it's trying too hard to be smart. Ultimately it's not a bad film, but not worth the hype.

#351: 7/10/2010

Do the Right Thing

Not as good as I remember, but still pretty good. Though apparently Lee's intentions were quite different than the general interpretation. So I guess this film was good by accident, which makes sense, considering he hasn't really done anything else that great since. I think in general luck plays too great a role in filmmaking.

#350: 7/7/2010

American Graffiti

Pretty good. Feels like a classic because it captured a culture I otherwise couldn't have experienced. To capture a culture, it's a relatively easy goal in filmmaking and yet quite powerful.

#349: 6/30/2010

Fargo

This is a well made movie, very respectable. Just a solid story, no needless distractions, very mature and realistic. Still a slight dash of Cohenesque humor. This feels similar to No Country for Old Men in that it's smart, real, and just overall well done.

#348: 6/28/2010

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Great movie, one of Anderson's best. Probably misunderstood due to its quirkyness, it is nevertheless quite brilliant.

#347: 6/27/2010

Mean Streets

About time that I watched this Scorsese classic. Yes his style was evident even in "embryonic form" (as Wikipedia put it). I'm somewhat relieved by the technically rough quality of the film, audiences seem to have been quite forgiving. This reaffirms the age-old truth that story, performance, and overall style far outweigh technical proficiency in importance, as they should.

#346: 6/26/2010

Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl

Still good, still love Sparrow, though I think at this point I know the film too well to enjoy it as much. I'll try and give it a rest.

#345: 6/23/2010

The Godfather Part II

Good, but too long. But good. Timeless.

#344: 6/15/2010

Adventureland (half)

Good as always.

#343: 6/6/2010

United 93

Quite powerful.

#342: 6/5/2010

Get Him to the Greek

Not bad, but a let down. Snow was considerably funnier in Forgettting Sarah Marshall.

#341: 5/31/2010

Almost Famous

A very good movie, as good as the first time I watched it. This movie taught me a lot about music. It's all very true.

#340: 5/24/2010

Garden State

Still a good movie, very real.

#339: 5/17/2010

Star Wars IV - A New Hope

Fairly good, though I don't think I quite understand the historical context of this film so my capacity for appreciation is limited. However, I can say with confidence that Lucas' decision to digitally remaster the film is highly disappointing. Historically significant artworks are often desecrated somewhere down the line, but usually by someone other than their creator.

#338: 5/17/2010

New York Stories (half)

Good as I remember.

#337: 5/16/2010

Napoleon Dynamite

Odd but surprisingly endearing at the end. So it's good. I think this film is misunderstood.

#336: 5/14/2010

Superbad

Not bad, but not super either.

#335: 5/11/2010

Annie Hall

Almost as good as the last time I saw it. For the record I was tired during this viewing.

#334: 5/8/2010

Philadelphia

Not a bad movie, one of those flicks to define America. So a respectable film, and at times moving, but also lacking any real punch.

#333: 5/8/2010

The Rules of the Game (half)

I just can't watch this film, this is my second attempt. I can't follow it, I lose interest.

#332: 5/7/2010

Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End

Watched these last two films in the early morning (like starting around 1:30). Both were terrible when compared to the first. A disgrace. Typical Hollywood plaigarism.

#331: 5/6/2010

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest

This film has no review.

#330: 5/5/2010

Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl

An all-around fantastic movie. Jack Sparrow may be my all-time favourite character. The music is brilliant, the script too. Just a really great movie. It has everything. It's even philosophically sound (a major rarity, especially in a blockbuster!). Jack has one line in particular that really sums up an important moral theme in the film, a truth that is practical, relevant and not widely known: "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do, and what a man can't do." Brilliant.

#329: 5/4/2010

Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl

This film has no review.

#328: 5/2/2010

The Departed

Liked it better this time, as I expected. Loved Nicholson, and a good script. Clever, captivating. I usually don't go for this kind of thing.

#327: 4/28/2010

Hot Tub Time Machine

At times somewhat funny but ultimately one of the worst films I've seen in a while.

#326: 4/22/2010

The Art of Negative Thinking

I probably never would have heard of, let alone watched, this film if I hadn't stumbled across a link to a torrent and - even rarer - english subtitle file. But it was a good find, a good film. Honest, like so many aren't.

#325: 4/21/2010

Forrest Gump

Well it's undoubtedly a good movie, I just need some time to debate the validity of its philosophical implications.

#324: 4/20/2010

Up in Smoke

I watched this sober, found it overrated.

#323: 4/17/2010

Zodiac

Okay, but not really my kind of movie. I'm not a mystery movie kind of guy. I just don't care. There are more important things to devote your time to than solving a 4 year old case. Become a doctor, or philosophical filmmaker - you'll do more good. Of course the protagonist isn't concerned about the greater good, he's just out to satisfy his own obsession.

#322: 4/16/2010

Kickass

It is what it is, and it is that well. Yes I disagree with it philosophically, but that's the case with most movies, and it may be unfair to expect enlightenment from this fare of film. oh god that was alliteration, must remember not to do that. It was funny, bold, and much more dramatic than I had anticipated. Ms. Chloe Moretz was fantastic, but it had solid acting all-around.

#321: 4/10/2010

Spartacus

A good film, reminds me of Ben Hur (apparently it was released a mere year later). Perhaps this taught Kubrick the importance of being "first," a lesson he may have used when releasing (some other film, I can't remember the reference now... I believe he sued someone else to delay their film release because he had a similar upcoming release).

#320: 4/6/2010

Office Space

Kinda gets worse everytime you watch it. Still funny though.

#319: 4/4/2010

Inside Man

I didn't grant this film much attention since I watched it at my cousin's and it's Inside Man. The most interesting thing about it was that I'd watched Dog Day Afternoon just two days before.

#318: 4/2/2010

Dog Day Afternoon

Good. Very realistic and human. Al Pacino is great.

#317: 3/20/2010

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Very, very fun. Also some points for attempted moral guidance with moderate success.

#316: 3/20/2010

Remember Me

Grossly underrated. not incredible, but solid nonetheless. emilie de ravin is good and so is pattinson. he and kristin stewart are actually half-decent actors victimized by a (now) bad franchise. and for the record, most of pattinson's "bad acting" in twilight is actually a matter of bad editing and direction.

#315: 3/12/2010

Juno

Better than the first time.

#314: 3/10/2010

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Huge disappointment. Terrible script, relatively poor acting (except for Helena Bonham Carter).

#313: 3/8/2010

Dead Poets Society

However meager the pulse of this film, it died completely with Neil's improbable suicide.

#312: 3/6/2010

Paranormal Activity

Somewhat predictable and easy but effective nonetheless. Quite believable acting and dialogue, but ultimately, it doesn't feel like a real movie.

#311: 2/28/2010

Y Tu Mama Tambien

This could be one of my all time favourite movies, I need to watch it again to make sure.

#310: 2/26/2010

The Mask

Watched this high last night. Incredible.

#309: 2/23/2010

Shutter Island

Quite good, captivating, intriguing. I'd expect more from such a legendary team as Scorsese and DiCaprio, but I guess ridiculously high expectations are a penalty of greatness.

#308: 2/21/2010

The Passion of the Christ

Good, but undeserving of its reputation.

#307: 2/19/2010

Sixteen Candles (half)

Put this on as I was drifting off to sleep.­

#306: 2/9/2010

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

I was high. This was also the night I walked to the centre of Twickenham forest.

#305: 2/6/2010

The Kid Stays in the Picture

A great biopic and incredible story about legendary producer Robert Evans.

#304: 2/2/2010

12 Angry Men

An important, and informative, classic. Top notch stuff.

#303: 2/2/2010

The Road

I missed the first few minutes, saw it in a theatre. But it was great. I love Viggo Mortensen. His narration sounded almost exactly like my old Intro to Creative Writing professor, Michael Helm. Loved that guy.

#302: 1/31/2010

Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Funny, but I was high.

#301: 1/28/2010

Scarface

Good acting, storyline, and interesting rise and fall structure. I was intrigued by its immense influence on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

#300: 1/26/2010

Milk

Great acting by all involved. Educational in a way similar to Precious. Watched this with Brenna in the basement.

#299: 1/24/2010

Alice in Wonderland

Watched this while waiting for the shrooms to kick in (for the record, they were incredible).

#298: 1/23/2010

Lord of the Rings - Return of the King

Yes this third extended edition in the series took 3 days to watch, not because it bored me, but other plans took precedence. Ultimately, I enjoyed the series for what it is, a classic epic for the present age.

#297: 1/22/2010

Sherlock Holmes

At times entertaining, but it didn't hold my attention. I had difficulty following it. Also, I was preoccupied with thoughts about Brenna, my date. I'd have rather devoted the time to her.

#296: 1/22/2010

Adventureland

The Best Movie of 2009

#295: 1/22/2010

Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

Better than The Fellowship. The Last March of the Ents and Gandalf's Return at the end of the film are particularly powerful.

#294: 1/21/2010

Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring

It is what it is, and it is that well. However, what it is may be slightly too traditional for my taste. Of course I'm highly progressive and very few films meet my criteria, nor strive to. So it accomplishes its goals tremendously, and for that, it is therefore a great film.

#293: 1/16/2010

Avatar

"AVATAR - OVERRATED -- great CGI (motion capture at its finest), mildly improved 3D (still kinda annoying), rehashed storyline, painfully obvious/safe moral lessons, a movie for the masses but not the thoughtful" - Facebook Status

#292: 1/12/2010

C.R.A.Z.Y.

Pretty good. Josh recommended this, I can see how he would identify with the protagonist (not that he's gay haha).

#291: 1/2/2010

Raging Bull

Interesting. I had a better comprehension this viewing. I suppose that's natural.

#290: 1/1/2010

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Very funny and lovable. Worth watching a few more times.

#289: 12/31/2009

Up in the Air

Quite good, one of the best of the year. Jason Reitman has proved himself a quite talented and consistent director.

#288: 12/28/2009

The Hangover

Watched this with the family and Zio Frank and Zia Sylvia. Very funny, probably the movie of the year (though Adventureland is my personal favourite).

#287: 12/26/2009

Rear Window

My favourite scenes were those that studied human nature through remote observation. Fascinating. Otherwise it didn't compare to other Hitchcock or Stewart films. Grace Kelly is remarkably beautiful.

#286: 12/19/2009

It's a Wonderful Life

Watched this with the family, a good Christmas film. It's a bit corny, but still quite powerful. Love Capra and Stewart.

#285: 12/18/2009

Precious

As quoted from my Facebook status: "Everyone needs to see Precious. It's brutally honest, moving, and eye-opening... This is what movies are for."

#284: 12/17/2009

Beauty and the Beast

Lovely. A great Disney classic. The intro and falling in love sequences are enchanting. The scene in the dance hall is particularly beautiful, with its grandiose music and sweeping crane shots. It's interesting that despite the absurd content of the scene, a hairy tux-wearing monster dancing with a girl while a tea pot sings, it's still connects with the audience in a very powerful, real way. This genre, fantasy, is a remarkable thing. It might play a greater role in my future than I had thought.

#283: 12/14/2009

Edward Scissorhands

There is something so profoundly beautiful about this film. It has shown me the power of simple beauty properly executed.

#282: 12/13/2009

Why We Fight

Not bad. I'm not big on war/antiwar documentaries, too obvious a topic. It's tired.

#281: 12/10/2009

Twilight

Twilight is a film with some undeniable flaws, however, it is still much better than it's reputation suggests. To the scores of men who deny this, often without having watched the film, often to fit in with the status quo, often because they are emotionally retarded, often because they are cowards, occasionally because they actually have some good arguments, I dare them to debate the philosophy of cinema with me, one on one in person, where there will be no escape or mercy. So this is like my fifth viewing of this film in a pretty short time period, and yet, I'm still impressed. This wasn't so much a viewing as a study period. This is a film at my level in that I can nearly appreciate it fully, unlike a film like Citizen Kane, for example, which I will not pretend to understand. During this viewing, I repeatedly watched quite a few scenes several times each. One such scene, when Bella and Edward were at the restaurant, contained a very subtle editing trick that I noticed, to my delight. Immediately after Bella says "So what, you read minds," it cuts to a three second close-up reaction shot of Edward (43:08-43:10). During my study of his performance in this shot, I noticed his eyes move impossibly fast when he looks at Bella, that eyes only move that fast when looking away (not at), and I then realized that the shot had been reversed during editing, that is, the footage is played backwards. This was likely done for a couple reasons, primarily for continuity in that it set up an eye line match into the following two-shot. It's a trick I've often used myself and have learned to spot. During these viewings, of this film and others, it's not uncommon for me to literally have physical spasms of excitement and laughter at noticing some minute detail that leads to tiny breakthroughs that are my cinematic education. Also my mind tends to wander to topics like "Has anyone invented the electric violin?" or "Note to Self: Avoid writing with double negatives {it's not uncommon} because it's needlessly confusing, unless you purposely want to distract the audience." Or I reach a conclusion about acting, like "An actor must truly believe, feel, think, live the scene in order to give a great performance, and if they do their eyes will naturally reveal that." That particular realization had me pacing around laughing for a couple minutes. Another asset of this film, which I just realized, is it illustrates the beauty of sadness, the worthiness of suffering. It operates according to classical, even Shakespearean patterns, like the pairing of star-crossed lovers (though my familiarity with Shakespeare is a bit thin for such bold comparisons). For tonight, my ultimate conclusion is that Twilight is a film of extremes, of great highs and lows. At its worst, its a _____ with pathetic special effects (except for the end fight), at its best, it's a delicate, classical romance that resurrected a genre our society had forgotten.

#280: 12/6/2009

Rebel Without A Cause

James Dean was fantastic. There's a scene where he's telling his parents that he's going to confess his car race involvement to the police. That scene convinced me to come forward about my Carparelli guitar, which eventually led to me befriending the company CEO, Mike Carparelli. Funny how life goes.

#279: 12/5/2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Quite good, Mr. Anderson never disappoints.

#278: 12/1/2009

Titanic

Upon watching this three hour film twice within 24 hours, I can now safely say it is fully deserving of its acclaim. A glorious epic in the classical tradition, this is Hollywood filmmaking at its best. The perfect balance Cameron has achieved in this film has rectified my opinion of him as an artist and provides a great model from which I'll learn. The fact that a film of this caliber has achieved such tremendous success is an inspiration and proof that there is some justice in the mainstream.

#277: 11/29/2009

Terminator 2 - Judgment Day

I was laughing throughout most of this film, which is both a good and bad sign. Forgivably flawed. Not to be taken too seriously.

#276: 11/29/2009

New Moon

Had to go check this out at the theatre, but found it's worse than it's predecessor. Still love Kristen though.

#275: 11/15/2009

The Apartment

Love Billy Wilder, will study and learn from him.

#274: 11/11/2009

Little Miss Sunshine

This was a study in good filmmaking. I don't have a succinct thesis yet... one day...

#273: 11/9/2009

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Boston - More Than A Feeling. That was the best part of this film, that's not an insult. It's just a great song. It was a good film - I loved Bridges' character, that hippy. This film really made me want to try acid, so it's a mission accomplished (supposing that was the goal of this film, which it certainly was, if you permit a very loose metaphorical interpretation of said goals....). I dunno, it's goofy, this review is goofy, it fits. Saw this at the theatre. That song in the credits was awesome.

#272: 11/6/2009

Brick

Mark liked this film quite a bit, and half way through the viewing paused it to explain it to me, who occasionally has difficulty concentrating on movies in this genre. Instead I start thinking about film theory, totally missing the storyline. I'm sure it's a better film than I recognized. So it's alright. After he pointed out the film noir style I started to like it a bit more, but still couldn't concentrate. The editing was very choppy and distracting.

#271: 11/4/2009

The Bucket List

Watched this because I was sick. It lived up to the mediocre expectations I had. It's better than the critics say. Overly sentimental and blatantly manipulative. Once again, Nicholson doesn't disappoint. I doubt that's possible for him.

#270: 11/4/2009

The Terminator

Didn't live up to expectations. Few action films do. But not bad. They say the sequel is better.

#269: 10/26/2009

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

This film, its lead, and director, are all favourites of mine.

#268: 10/25/2009

Barry Lyndon

Good, but I must admit I am not crazy about the slow pacing. It felt pretentious (then again this is Kubrick). If this was anyone but him I'd be quicker to write it off. I'll give it another viewing soon enough, but for now it is my least favourite of his otherwise incredible film slate. There were still some powerful moments, and it was visually quite impressive (and innovative).

#267: 10/21/2009

Office Space (half)

As funny as I remember it, though I feel asleep due to intoxication.

#266: 10/18/2009

Gigantic

Great acting, a few good moments, but little coherency. Paul Dano and John Goodman stand out, Zooey Deschanel was good too. Whoever cut this film's trailer deserves a reward. They should have cut the feature. They made it seem so much better than it actually was.

#265: 10/17/2009

Magnolia

I could not make any sense out of this story, and hence, did not enjoy it. It's slow pace was tedious, torturous even. And every single character cried at least once. Desperately in need of some comic relief. I do not understand why this film is so highly acclaimed. But the acting was good.

#264: 10/16/2009

Where the Wild Things Are

A beautiful journey into childhood. A truly great film. This film has confirmed Spike Jonze is a name to remember. Saw this in the theatre.

#263: 10/6/2009

Zombieland

Jesse Eisenberg is the best part. The rest is good, but not great. Saw this in the theatre.

#262: 10/4/2009

Pulp Fiction

What happened here is a miracle, and I fucking acknowledge that. As good of a director Tarantino is, this film is much, much better.

#261: 10/4/2009

The Breakfast Club

A bit corny at times, but that might be the consequence of aging. Still quite good.

#260: 10/3/2009

(500) Days of Summer

Inspiring, and yes, quite similar to Cherries and Clover in some ways. Great music. Mark says I'm probably underrating it, and I think he's right. Saw this in the theatre.

#259: 9/15/2009

Wristcutters - A Love Story

Watched this in study for Cherries and Clover. It's alright; quite low budget. Ultimately still good. Good chemistry and dialogue.

#258: 9/12/2009

Garden State

I watched this to learn lessons applicable to Cherries and Clover. A good film, better than I remember. I think I'm now mature enough to appreciate it.

#257: 9/6/2009

Inglorious Basterds

After a long wait I finally saw this the other night with my dad and Zio John. From a cinematic perspective, it is excellent. Well written, acted (though Pitt was a bit too much of a caricature), and generally solid. Tarantino is certainly a powerful director. However, this film is deeply disturbing (in a bad way) in that it glamorizes a highly hypocritical and violent moral code. Here Tarantino has lowered the Jews to the same level of the Nazis. A great tragedy. While Tarantino's cinematic abilities are profound, his philosophy is barbaric, and highly dangerous considering his influence. Saw this in the theatre.

#256: 8/23/2009

The Hurt Locker

Saw this with Katherine, that girl from the Zombie Beach shoot. Neither the film nor date lived up to expectations; though I suppose neither were really that bad. The movie was good actually. Kind of. Well yeah, it was. Saw this in the theatre.

#255: 8/14/2009

Adaptation

Better than I remember it. Quite great.

#254: 8/2/2009

Sex, Lies and Videotape

Thought I'd familiarize myself with Soderbergh. It was alright, overrated I think.

#253: 7/24/2009

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Immediately after my second viewing, the first having taken place years ago, I am immensely impressed. It seems this film is some work of beauty beyond my current comprehension. In all fairness, I should give myself some time to calm down before making a judgment. But for now, I'm very pleased.

#252: 7/20/2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Saw this with Mark this evening after work. It was alright. Pretty much what I expected. For some reason it all seemed very funny to me, even when it wasn't supposed to be, despite my efforts to become engaged. Some of this series really pushes it when it comes to willingful suspension of disbelief. The shot when Dumbledore saves Harry in the cave is epic. The way the fire swirls around him, with his beard and hair swirling in the wind, with zombies all around falling back to the depths of the water all around; it was brilliant. Perfect. Saw this in the theatre.

#251: 7/18/2009

Adventureland

I only watched about 2/3 of it this time. For more editing study. I discovered Martin Starr did a great job in his performance.

#250: 7/16/2009

Adventureland

I took a break to continue editing Cherries and Clover before starting the film again. I know it inside out now. It's interesting, watching the same film so frequently in such a short period of time. The details you're able to notice are fascinating. I just watched a few Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg interviews, both actors seem quite smart.

#249: 7/16/2009

Adventureland

So I watched the movie again tonight, but mostly just to study the editing. I find that once I've seen a film once or a couple times I can disengage myself from the story and study it from a professional perspective. Quite helpful. But still an entertaining movie; I got sucked back into it a few times. I thought the acting was quite good.

#248: 7/14/2009

Adventureland

I liked this film quite a bit. Kristen Stewart really interests me for some reason. I think she's just really likable. I can relate to these characters, they feel quite real and cool. Like the type of people you'd like to hang out with. Especially Kristen. So overall just a touching film. Also, I liked the cinema-verite quality, I respect that filmmaking style and will use it in future projects (CandC included).

#247: 7/13/2009

American Beauty

On re-watching this movie, which was once one of my favourites, and still ranks quite high (but not as high as before), I realized that some of the dialogue seemed a tad off; however it was off to such a slight extent that it might just be my own imagination. Maybe that's as good as it could have been. Regardless, I wasn't quite as enchanted as I was during my first viewing, perhaps for reasons quite obvious. Overall, I'd still grade the film pretty high, probably around an 8.5/10.

#246: 7/4/2009

Public Enemies

This is the film I wanted to see. Snuck in for a free preview. I'd heard it was "good" but not "great," so I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be somewhere between good and great, so I was quite pleased. I left the theatre feeling all rebellious. It's fascinating how films allow us to so thoroughly identify with the main character that we occasionally end up believing we somehow are them.

#245: 7/4/2009

Year One

I had some time to kill before picking up my M-Audio 410 from a guy off Craigslist, so I went to the movies. This film was light and occasionally unfunny, but entertaining nonetheless.

#244: 6/27/2009

Up

Fantastic. Very emotional and imaginative. One of the best Pixar films ever. And that's saying a lot. I saw this with my family in Real D (first Real D experience). It was cool.

#243: 6/22/2009

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Watched this again to prepare for CandC editing, from a studious eye. Simple, low-budget, but effective. A bit too sweet.

#242: 6/20/2009

The Hangover

The best comedy in years. Great story concept.

#241: 6/19/2009

Twilight

Alright, alright. Three viewings in so short a time period is, in some ways, pathetic. However, I intended to watch it this time from a different perspective, that of an actor/writer/filmmaker; and found the experience very productive. It was the type of viewing that can't be accomplished until at least the third viewing; when one knows the times - the romantic scenes especially, as well as some of the action. But I'm fascinated in the romance, I think it is well acted. Though I don't have enough experience or confidence in my own acting to trust my opinion thoroughly. However, I must admit, I am impressed. I think Pattinson's face and facial expressions are great for an actor. And Kristin Stewart felt very natural consistently throughout. There were some moments of accidental awkwardness, but I think those are the fault of the director rather than the actors. I liked the use of slow motion, sound design, and colour correction quite a bit as well. This is a film whose great strengths well compensate for its weaknesses.

#240: 6/18/2009

My Winnipeg

Couldn't sit through it. Far too experimental/(not properly filmed) for tonight. I wasn't in the mood for a film of that feel. I was more in the mood for...(see next film screened)

#239: 6/13/2009

Moonstruck

Great film, and especially to watch with my family. Very Italian, very memorable. Good acting too.

#238: 6/12/2009

The Rules of the Game

I only watched a third of this Renoir film. It seems promising but I'm having trouble concentrating. I'll watch it another time. I think I'd rather finish that title for the St. John Ambulance commercial. I should also mention that the other day I watched quarters of Back to the Future and Gladiator.

#237: 6/7/2009

Twilight

This isn't a typo. I watched the film again, immediately after (though I took a shower in between). Then I watched interviews with the stars on YouTube. I got one hour of sleep.

#236: 6/7/2009

Twilight

After seeing it sweep the MTV Movie Awards I decided I should check it out. Mark and I screened it last night, starting it at around 11. I'd heard bad things, but was quite impressed. The acting wasn't lacking at all. Yes it did have its story holes, and some other flaws, but ultimately I still really enjoyed it. It totally sucked me in.

#235: 6/2/2009

Hoop Dreams

This is supposed to be the best documentary of all time. I watched it with Mark last night, thought it was okay, but expect that its greatness eludes me. I'll have to research it. I didn't have much pity for the family's struggles, I think they were largely (not completely) a result of bad choices. For reasons that are bewildering and difficult to explain, it took me half the film to even realize that William and Arthur are different people. Haha. Yes, truly. However, it was not because they look alike, which they don't. And it wasn't so much that I thought they were the same person (most of the time), rather I just got the details of their lives, relationships, etc., confused. Even so, this is an incredible observation about my film watching habits. Talk to me in person about this story for more detail and my own analysis of why it happened and what that reflects about myself.

#234: 5/30/2009

Bicentennial Man

Overly sentimental, riddled with plot holes; ultimately just a philosophical failure. Elementary. Only could stand to sit through half of it.

#233: 5/22/2009

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I enjoyed the liberal sexual theme, overall concept, some of the music, and loved Tim Curry's performance; but thought overall it could have been better executed. Still not bad.

#232: 5/19/2009

Hannah and Her Sisters

Brilliant. Great writing and acting. Allen now ranks amoung my favourite directors. His style has influenced my writing, in an upcoming short story project, "Candice," my first-person protagonist is largely inspired by Allen (more so than Dave Sedaris, who it was supposed to resemble).

#231: 5/18/2009

Take the Money and Run

Hilarious. Loving Woody.

#230: 5/16/2009

North by Northwest

Brilliant. Probably the best crafted suspense/mystery I've ever seen. Hitchcock is genius, Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, and Martin Landau were all great.

#229: 5/10/2009

Ed Wood

Fascinating and endearing.

#228: 5/9/2009

Cinema Paradiso

The Philadelphia Story

#227: 5/7/2009

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Watched in preparation for Ed Wood. Increndibad.

#226: 5/1/2009

Rain Man (half)

Jaryd and I watched this while high. It was quite a buzz kill. I slept through most of it. This was also the day I drank a full bottle of Barefoot Merlot. It marked the beginning of my appreciation of red wine.

#225: 4/30/2009

Distant Voices, Still Lives

I missed the beginning few minutes. We watched it in Screenwriting class. The style was okay. I'll have to watch this again some day.

#224: 4/27/2009

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Another Capra and Stewart film. Brilliant. I also liked Jean Arthur. "I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine," I watched that part of the scene several times. Iconic.

#223: 4/22/2009

Manhattan

A really great film, though a bit too similar to Annie Hall. I love Woody Allen, but think he's a better personality than filmmaker. I got the impression that for a lot of the scenes he didn't quite know what he was doing on set so he just dubbed them over in post. But I love Allen, I love his hilarity, intelligence, and style. Great style.

#222: 4/18/2009

Stranger than Fiction

I thought it was okay, though ultimately not worth watching (not when there are so many brilliant films out there to choose from).

#221: 4/17/2009

City of God

Watched this on the recommendation of Joshua and Perry. Thought it was quite good, quite powerful. Enjoyed the radical camera angles quite a bit.

#220: 4/17/2009

Pulp Fiction (less than half)

I was high. I fell asleep too early in to appreciate it. Side Note: while high I ate like 10 Ferraro Roche. It was the best chocolate ever, way above anything else. It was at times, actually nearly orgasmic. I recall having actual spasms.

#219: 4/16/2009

Chinatown

This was my second viewing, I liked it better this time and expect that I'll like it more with each subsequent viewing. It's a very complex storyline and due to my naturally wavering attention span and bad memory I normally miss out on many important factors in these types of films. But I liked it.

#218: 4/9/2009

The Naked Island

A Japanese film we watched it Screenwriting. No dialogue, one of the slowest films I've ever seen, yet still worth watching. I suppose that the only way one could somewhat understand the pace of their (the characters') lives is with such a slow film. However I wouldn't expect regular audiences to appreciate it.

#217: 4/3/2009

Happy-Go-Lucky

The title says it all. While the protagonist wasn't without her flaws, her outlook on life was in some ways enlightening. A good film that I'll probably recommend frequently on a philosophical basis.

#216: 4/2/2009

Hamlet (1948)

We watched Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet today in Screenwriting. It was alright. It's hard for me to judge my opinion of films fairly when forced to watch them under someone else's viewing conditions.

#215: 3/29/2009

Stanley Kubrick - A Life in Pictures

I watched it again this afternoon, but didn't pay attention the whole time, doing other things with it playing in the background (like cleaning).

#214: 3/29/2009

Eyes Wide Shut (half)

This film has no review.

#213: 3/28/2009

Stanley Kubrick - A Life in Pictures

A tremendously valuable documentary about my favourite director.

#212: 3/26/2009

Tender Mercies

A captivating story, the first film in which I studied Duvall and Foote. Makes me want to watch To Kill A Mockingbird.

#211: 3/17/2009

Watchmen

Saw this at the Imax with Dan and Jaryd. It was imperfect (music choice, acting, tone) but overall an acceptable adaptation of the graphic novel.

#210: 3/12/2009

A Room with a View

A fair criticism of British aristocracy, or at least it seemed to be from the perspective of one who has just recently learned the word "ostentatious."

#209: 3/12/2009

The Goonies

Adorable, classic, and a forgivably cheesy 1980s Hollywood kid pic ending.

#208: 3/5/2009

Tropic Thunder (one and a half viewings)

Very funny. On this second viewing it still made me laugh, though now at subtler lines I forgot from the first viewing.

#207: 3/5/2009

How Green Was My Valley

This feels like a film all students need to watch. A good film, but falls quite short of Gone With the Wind (apparently it was supposed to match it).

#206: 3/1/2009

Goldmember

Still funny after multiple screenings.

#205: 2/28/2009

Man On Wire

A good documentary, a loveable personality.

#204: 2/24/2009

Frost Nixon

A brilliant political film. Suspenseful, informative, and fair; it is amoung my very favourite political films, if not my most. Frank Langella's performance was flawless.

#203: 2/12/2009

Umberto Di

Watched this Italian film in Screenwriting class. It was alright.

#202: 2/5/2009

Shoot the Piano Player

I believe this is the first film by Truffaut that I've ever seen. Certain parts were great, however I feel that I've likely missed the true value of the pic.

#201: 1/28/2009

New York Stories

A great trio of short films from huge directors; Scorsese's Life Lessons was the best, followed by Woody's Oedipus Wrecks; however I was disappointed by the acting in Coppola's Life Without Zoe.

#200: 1/23/2009

Cruel Intentions

Very sexy and cunning. Entertainment.

#199: 1/16/2009

Young People Fucking

Watched this one in Chelle's room with a bunch of other res-mates. Quite a good movie, made better by our communal reactions to the awkwardness in the film and the comments it inspired.

#198: 1/14/2009

Pi

My most preferred of Aronofsky's films is Requiem for a Dream, followed by The Wrestler, followed by this. However it wasn't bad, just not fantastic. I haven't seen that other film yet, I'll watch it soon enough I'm sure.

#197: 1/14/2009

The Wrestler

I've been looking forward to this for a long time (by long time I mean about a week). Happily, it didn't disappoint.

#196: 1/11/2009

High Anxiety (half)

Started watching this one on TV at around 1 am. Fell asleep on the couch.

#195: 1/11/2009

Flight of the Innocent

A fine Italian film; I watched it with my grandmother (at her request) and fratello (forgive any mistakes my poor Italian might have made). Excellent young actor.

#194: 1/5/2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Recommended to me by Jon Lajoie. Very good indeed; nearly lives up to its immense hype. Quite an accomplishment on many levels for Mr. Boyle.

#193: 1/5/2009

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (half)

This film has no review.

#192: 1/5/2009

Il Postino

Watched with the grams and brother, part of a strategy to improve/maintain his Italian. Pretty good film; excellent acting.

#191: 1/5/2009

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Alright. I've watched this film three times in two days (not including my first viewing three days ago), so obviously I liked it quite a bit. It's a good film to study, it's about at my level. It's really quite funny and lovable. I think those are the words I originally used to describe it in my first entry. I realized a few things while watching this again today, one of them was that the "ideal lover" always seems to be an adventurous free spirit. So that's a valuable, though obvious, observation. I think the location of Hawaii really helped this film, made it very enjoyable, added a lot of culture. And the satire is generally quite spot-on. All these characters are really fun, the type of people you want to hang out with. And great music. Jason Segel and Russell Brand are both highly talented. Mila Kunis is gorgeous, and Kristen Bell is an adorable, understandable antagonist. The fact that she isn't some enormous bitch, that she's actually a real (and ultimately good person) makes her an excellent "villain." That's always the case. Just all-around a very enjoyable film.

#190: 1/4/2009

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This film has no review.

#189: 12/28/2008

2001 - A Space Odyssey

Again, couldn't turn the practice torrent off. Kubrick's magnum opus?

#188: 12/28/2008

Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain

The last four movies I've watched were all second viewings - and all films in my top ten favourite of all time. For this viewing I hooked up my Macbook Pro to the HD monitor in our family room (with the family).

#187: 12/26/2008

The Shining

Same as above. Today was Nicholson paradise (with a bonus touch of Kubrick). Yes I know that sounded rather "gay". Fuck it.

#186: 12/26/2008

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

I was only supposed to watch a bit of this film to test whether my torrented version of it worked... I couldn't turn it off.

#185: 12/20/2008

Alice in Wonderland

A fascinating, yet terrifying film. This film reminded me of the gram of salvia I have in my backpack. A week or so ago I tried it for the first time with Jaryd; I dreamed I was in a magical cartoon forest. It was extremely trippy, memorable; and probably the reason I watched this film. My trip was far better. Mark returns from his trip tomorrow. He will look so tall and skinny that I won't recognize him at first.

#184: 12/19/2008

Hotel Chevalier (short)

I watched this late Thursday night (technically Friday morning) just before bed (or so I thought). I didn't think it was his best work.

#183: 12/19/2008

The Royal Tenenbaums

I love this film so much that I had to watch it again a mere five and a half days later.

#182: 12/17/2008

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Example

#181: 12/16/2008

Bottle Rocket

Superb. I love Owen Wilson's character. I adore the scene in which the two guys in the truck make fun of his yellow jump suit. Funny yet heartbreaking - that seems to be Anderson's style. Excellent.

#180: 12/16/2008

Shaun of the Dead

Hilarious, excellent zombie satire. Far better than Hot Fuzz (though I might have to watch that again some day).

#179: 12/14/2008

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

Generally excellent, though the failure of the brilliant switching plan at the masquerade seemed contrived and unlikely. In the last three days, between this film, Being John Malkovich, and Lolita (1997); I feel as if I've been very thoroughly introduced to two new actors: Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich, who I never before knew existed. This was a total coincidence. I like Malkovich's voice, I think I've learned something about acting from him.

#178: 12/14/2008

The Naked Gun 33.3 - The Final Insult

Just as funny as the previous two. A good conclusion to an suitably stupid series.

#177: 12/13/2008

The Royal Tenenbaums

Excellent. I adore Anderson's quirky, absurdist style. I fell in love with Paltrow. Really there's something about that beautiful sadness that I can't resist.

#176: 12/13/2008

Pocahontas

Not one of Disney's better films. Mediocre craftsmanship and several thoroughly flawed morals. The creators of this film do not understand Natural Selection/Survival of the Fittest/Capitalism.

#175: 12/13/2008

Being John Malkovich

Incredibly weird. Fascinating. I was talking to myself during this film.

#174: 12/12/2008

Lolita (1997) (half)

Terrible. I could be very cruel about Lyne's version. But I won't. Bottom line: even with all the censorship, Kubrick's film is way, way better. Kubrick's opening image of Sue Lyon's foot is far sexier (that's right) than Lyne's entire grotesque production.

#173: 12/11/2008

Annie Hall

Brilliant. As good as they say. Woody is hilarious and very well educated, though quite a bit (endearingly) confused. On my scale of four types of happiness I'd classify him as an exemplar blue. I'll watch this film many times.

#172: 12/8/2008

Naked Gun 2 ½ - The Smell of Fear

Funnier than the first.

#171: 12/8/2008

Kramer vs. Kramer

Universally great acting.

#170: 12/8/2008

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Somewhat funny, very crude. Typical Seth Rogen.

#169: 12/3/2008

Ace Ventura - Pet Detective

Hilarious. As I expected, this last viewing revealed new jokes that I had missed in my younger years. One of Jim Carrey's finest films.

#168: 12/3/2008

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

I've been meaning to see this for a while since it's such an iconic film; everyone's seen it. I thought it was pretty good, I liked the cinematography and the child actors were quite good. I need to watch this film again to better appreciate it (my viewing was disrupted by Josh and Dan's comical comments).

#167: 12/3/2008

Burn After Reading

Very funny. Love the Coen Brothers. Very funny.

#166: 12/1/2008

Lolita (1962)

The first half was incredible. Sue Lyon's portrayal of Lolita was perfect. The second half was still great, but not so great as the first. The end was a tad weak but I understand why Kubrick decided to move the climax to the film's beginning; however, I would have preferred if he hadn't. He could have maintained tension in some other way. I also gravely regret the censorship the film faced. Considering everything, it's still a great film and could have been his best if the circumstances were slightly different. I think I'll need to watch Lyne's version as well. The unfortunate truth of Kubrick's death saddens me.

#165: 11/30/2008

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!

We started watching this just after midnight. I thought it was pretty funny, worth watching the trilogy, but not as good as

#164: 11/29/2008

A Clockwork Orange (half)

Began watching this right after the previous film. It was difficult to force myself to stop and go to sleep.

#163: 11/29/2008

Good Morning Vietnam

We started watching this film at some time past midnight this morning. Robin Williams' improvisation was very impressive, I can think of few others who might have been able to match him (in that respect).

#162: 11/29/2008

A Clockwork Orange

I would consider this an approximate third viewing. On one hand I am now confident that Kubrick was a genius, however, a slight skepticism is still present. My opinion needs further contemplation.

#161: 11/25/2008

Gattaca

Many critics consider this a dystopian view of eugenics. I don't believe this is so, merely that the story says "you can't judge a person's merit purely on their genetics," in the words of Jaryd. Overall it's a very well made film and one of the most plausible sci-fi films that I've seen in a long while.

#160: 11/23/2008

South Park - Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

Pretty good. Not their best work.

#159: 11/23/2008

Rushmore

Though I've seen only two of Anderson's films, I doubt any others will outdo this one. It's a film I'll likely watch several times over the years, developing new opinions of it every time.

#158: 11/22/2008

Charlie Wilson's War

This wasn't my choice, pops and mum (I never call em that) wanted to see it. It was alright.

#157: 11/22/2008

Leon - the Professional

The best part of this film was seeing the young Natalie Portman. Leon's POV death wasn't bad either. Aside from that, the film was half-decent. I might be being a bit harsh. For an action film it was generally pretty good, the main problem (as is typical of most action films) is the implausibility. In reality, the best hitman in the world would have to be a stoic, and far more methodological/cautious/intelligent than he was portrayed. FYI: this movie, and the last, were both started at around midnight, so technically on the dates stated.

#156: 11/21/2008

It's a Wonderful Life

I love Jimmy Stewart. Love him. As for the film, it is adorable. The ending might be too optimistic, it might also be at times too socialistic for my liking. However my stance on socialism is uncertain right now so I can't criticize this film for being socialistic when I am myself uncertain if that is indeed a fault. Even if it is too optimistic or socialistic (and consequently simplistic) it is still priceless. Certain moments, "I'll give you the moon", are iconic. I love the film and will watch it many times again. ...Actually, now that I think about it, I'm going to watch certain scenes again right this moment.

#155: 11/19/2008

Flanders

I watched this film by Bruno Dumont on recommendation by my Intro to Creative Writing professor, Michael Helm. Helm explained some of Dumont's directing strategies, such as "finding his characters in the real world", writing a novel before every screenplay, and taking out lines of dialogue with every subsequent take because the withdrawn lines are "etched upon the actors faces". These strategies are all interesting, some impractical and some worth utilizing. Overall I found it to be a success, but not the tremendous success that its reputation (and Cannes award) would cause you to expect. Like many artworks, it presents itself in a way that implies it is revealing some grand lesson, when in fact, it is merely stating what has been agreed on all along: "war is bad". However the high degree of realism is perhaps a virtue to be replicated.

#154: 11/18/2008

The General (1927)

Quite amusing. What a stuntman! An interesting comparison to Chaplin. I found this film (and many others) through the AFI 100 Years... 100 Movies list.

#153: 11/16/2008

Blade Runner

It might have been that at the late hour of observation my mind was too tired to appreciate it; however, my impression of the film was that it was thoroughly random and totally unpredictable (in a bad way). I repeatedly told Dan that nothing could happen in this film that would surprise me - that included when the antagonist smashed his head through a ceramic wall with an open door mere inches away; stabbing himself in the hand with a nail; spontaneously having a pigeon; etc. I am very tired with the repeated dystopian predictions of the future; they are always extremely unrealistic.

#152: 11/15/2008

Cinderella Man

Quite a good boxing movie, classic underdog story. Russell Crowe and Ron Howard are also apparently the team that brought us (or at least part of the team). A good pair.

#151: 11/14/2008

Airplane!

Relentlessly hilarious.

#150: 11/12/2008

The Matrix Reloaded

Very entertaining and deeply philosophical. Loved it almost as much as the first time I saw it in the IMAX with the grandfather. Possibly the best action/fighting sequences I've ever seen.

#149: 11/11/2008

The Browning Version (1951)

A very good film. I love the long takes and subtleties of the acting and writing. I had to watch this film for an assignment; I'm writing a commentary on another student's reworking of the film (the student blatantly copied it... just downright identical... ugh).

#148: 11/8/2008

Death at a Funeral (2007)

Quite funny, a nice buildup. A brilliant script in that it is low-budget - one main location - yet workable. This was the first time I watched the full Director's Commentary; or any commentary at that (which plays over the film... Mom and I watched it right after the feature).

#147: 10/31/2008

City Lights

Tonight I skipped Halloween entirely, having instead to watch City Lights again as I wrote up a step outline for it. For Monday I'll also have to expand the step outline of my reworking of the film into a full masterscene treatment. Then I need to write a 2500 word essay about it... I wrote this step outline in one sitting tonight, starting around 11 and finishing perhaps an hour ago, around 3. This was my second viewing of the film. ...Monday morning at 12:30 am (half an hour past the due date, suffering no penalty) I handed in my City Lights step-outline (10 pages), The Music Box treatment (25 pages), and a 3 000 word essay about The Music Box; all having been written in the course of one weekend. These assignments would be followed by two more surprise assignments. The York strike would start a few days later, on November 6th.

#146: 10/30/2008

High Noon

A great Western, watched it in Screenwriting class. Liked it better than.

#145: 10/18/2008

Blood Diamond

Very good. Much respect for Leonardo DiCaprio.

#144: 10/17/2008

Braveheart

A very good epic film, I was pleased to see that Gibson's direction is persistently impressive.

#143: 10/16/2008

Letter from an Unknown Woman

We watched this in my screenwriting (for non-majors) course. It wasn't bad.

#142: 10/14/2008

Eyes Wide Shut

At times riveting, at others too slow. I enjoyed it nonetheless.

#141: 10/13/2008

Dr. Strangelove - Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

I found it quite funny, and am sure I'll find it more so with subsequent viewings.

#140: 10/12/2008

The Butterfly Effect

Though occasionally foolish, the less impressive aspects of the film are soon forgotten thanks to the pace and power of the second half. The Director's Cut ending was quite sad and superior to the Theatrical version's typical happy ending.

#139: 10/11/2008

Full Metal Jacket

I believe this is the third Kurbrick film that I've seen. He thoroughly impresses me every time. He may just be my favourite director.

#138: 10/10/2008

The Godfather

I enjoyed it more the second time. I liked his opening shot, compared it to Kubrick's from A Clockwork Orange (I preferred Kubrick's).

#137: 10/9/2008

Thelma and Louise

A good film, though I certainly hope the protagonists weren't meant to be heroes (I think they were).

#136: 10/9/2008

Singing in the Rain

Very amusing. Good fun. However, I suspect that with this film, and most others of the American Canon, I am missing out on a great deal. In the following years I'll greatly enjoy discovering that which my first viewings had missed.

#135: 10/7/2008

Lawrence of Arabia

I think I underappreciated this film. I need to talk to a professional about this one in order to rectify my probably faulty opinion.

#134: 10/3/2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Irresistibly adorable. I could tell this is one of those films that was saved in editing, the delightful musical score was vitally important in establishing the mood and carrying it through its weaker moments. While it wasn't a particularly great film (technically) it was still very enjoyable. I'm not sure why. I think it's the believability of the characters and story. Those two elements are, after all, the heart of filmmaking.

#133: 10/2/2008

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Occasionally annoying but generally funny. I greatly respect this film for challenging censorship and its use of long takes.

#132: 10/1/2008

City Lights

I had to rewatch this in preparation for my rewrite of the screenplay. I plotted and wrote the entire step outline this morning/afternoon (handing it in over 2 hours late).

#131: 9/28/2008

Secret Window

I would hardly consider this a viewing, for the first half the volume was too low and in competition with the voices of the audience. I was asleep and high out of my mind for the second half, so I remember none of it.

#130: 9/25/2008

It Happened One Night

Very nice. I love Clark Gable.

#129: 9/18/2008

You've Got Mail

Cute, a nice update. Professor Cameron criticized its redundancy, I suppose I should agree.

#128: 9/11/2008

In the Good Old Summertime

I had great difficulty sitting through this. It could have been the poor quality, or it could have been related to my apprehension about shooting the IUR scene later that night.

#127: 9/10/2008

The Shop Around the Corner

Very good. I love James Stewart, and was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the frequent long takes.

#126: 8/28/2008

Little Miss Sunshine

I was feeling down, was looking for something to raise my spirits. It slightly did.

#125: 8/26/2008

21

I had to take a group of Frosh to watch this during Frosh Week. It wasn't bad.

#124: 8/19/2008

Pineapple Express

I had finished all my deliveries for Safety First a few hours early so I decided to visit the cinema. This was the first, and hopefully not the last, time I've been paid to watch a movie. Note: The sharp decline in movie viewings over the last few months has been due to the fact that I am currently in production with Cherries and Clover and have neither the time nor desire to watch the works of others (for fear that I should be too strongly influenced).

#123: 7/17/2008

The Dark Knight

Mark and I watched this at a midnight screening opening night. Overall the film was good but Ledger's performance was legendary. It's the type of performance that you try to describe for weeks afterwards but find your words always somehow lacking.

#122: 5/25/2008

On the Waterfront

Great story, Great acting, Great movie.

#121: 5/24/2008

Vertigo

Some fascinating characters and relationships. I love the invention of the 'contra-zoom' (imdb.com says it was invented by an uncredited, second-unit cameraman named Irmin Roberts)

#120: 5/22/2008

The Searchers

I like John Ford's use of the landscape and find John Wayne's character interesting. John Wayne well embodies the somewhat respectable, but largely debilitating, characteristics of what a Man was supposed to be.

#119: 5/19/2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Quite beautiful, but if I am honest, I must admit that the 'extraordinary heroism' of writing a book with one eyelid is probably what most writers would do in his situation. He hardly had a choice. If he was able-bodied and wrote a story with one eyelid, then that would be extraordinary (but entirely unworthy of the effort).

#118: 5/18/2008

Awakenings

This was like a better version of Patch Adams.

#117: 5/17/2008

Michael Clayton

Technically well made, though I'm not a great fan of these types of stories.

#116: 5/15/2008

Sunset Boulevard

Interesting and disturbing.

#115: 5/10/2008

Sophie's Choice

An excellent film. I loved Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

#114: 5/8/2008

Casablanca

I didn't enjoy this film as much as I should have. I expect I'll have to watch it a few more times to properly appreciate it. However, I did enjoy watching Humphrey Bogart. I've watched some great classics this week; I can't get over.

#113: 5/5/2008

The Sound of Music

Delightful. The third act was a pleasant surprise.

#112: 5/4/2008

Gone with the Wind

Wonderful! A must-see classic!

#111: 5/3/2008

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Very good all around. The music could have been better, but besides that it was fantastic. One of Burton's better works.

#110: 5/3/2008

Easy Rider

An interesting film. Their persecution made me pretty sad. Nicholson's speech about freedom is quite memorable.

#109: 5/2/2008

The Kite Runner

A very good adaptation of the novel. Very faithful to both the book and reality.

#108: 5/1/2008

The Maltese Falcon

Amusing. I asked this film to show me film noir, and it delivered.

#107: 4/24/2008

Saving Private Ryan

The best WWII movie I've seen, perhaps the best war movie. This made me respect Spielberg more.

#106: 4/23/2008

The Breakfast Club

I had planned to watch only the second half of the film (having already watched the first half 23 days ago), but once I started I couldn't resist watching it all. This is a must-see teen movie. Though it is at times a tad bit awkward or contrived, these flaws are easy to forgive considering the film's timelessness and honesty.

#105: 4/21/2008

A Clockwork Orange

I love Kubrick. He very well may have been a genius, or perhaps he just acted like one. I'll have to further investigate the matter.

#104: 4/19/2008

The Elephant Man

A classic.

#103: 4/18/2008

Apocalypse Now - Redux

This film further familiarized me with Coppola and Brando (the only other work of theirs that I've seen is The Godfather). It was good but didn't live up to my expectations, though it is very possible that it indeed did surpass them, but I haven't realized it yet.

#102: 4/14/2008

The Darjeeling Limited

This was fun. My first look at Wes Anderson. I'll have to look again. Afterwards Josh and I watched the short.

#101: 4/12/2008

101 Dalmatians (half)

Cute. I heard Cruella Deville was named 5th wickedest movie villain. I think I should make a movie called "101 Cows", in which the similarly spotted animals are killed to make coats and no one seems to care.

#100: 4/7/2008

South Park - Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (half)

I could only watch half of it before the buffering on the video stopped working. I'm fed up with streaming films. Of what I saw, it was great.

#99: 4/6/2008

Psycho

Expertly crafted. This is the first, and certainly not the last, Hitchcock film I will see.

#98: 4/5/2008

A Fish Called Wanda

Amusing. Kevin Kline was great.

#97: 4/5/2008

The Prestige

Fascinating.

#96: 4/2/2008

Amelie

Fantastic. Inspiring.

#95: 3/31/2008

Baraka

Powerful, but far too long. Movies of this sort should be no longer than twenty minutes.

#94: 3/31/2008

The Breakfast Club (half)

I'll have to watch this in full sometime.

#93: 3/30/2008

Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark

A great classic adventure.

#92: 3/26/2008

There Will Be Blood

Extraordinary acting. Daniel Day-Lewis was incredible and Paul Dano lived up to my high expectations. As of now, Dano is probably my favourite male up-and-coming star.

#91: 3/25/2008

Lie With Me (half)

If I were to finish the film I might find something more than an abundance of hot sex.

#90: 3/24/2008

Spun

Well done. The rapid editing works well to reflect the mindset of the addicts.

#89: 3/24/2008

Metropolis (2001)

Though it was at times visually impressive, the writing failed greatly.

#88: 3/23/2008

No Country for Old Men

Well it was very good. The suspense and Bardem were excellent. The minimalist approach was generally effective but I think skipping Moss's death was too radical for most audiences to appreciate. Ethan's proposal to make music largely absent in the film was a gutsy and highly effective risk.

#87: 3/22/2008

Bicycle Thieves

Of all the Italian neorealist films I've watched over the years (only one) this is the very best. Even so, I'd be surprised to see it outdone.

#86: 3/21/2008

Big Fish

Fantastic. Tim Burton's finest work.

#85: 3/20/2008

Dan in Real Life

Meh. It was alright.

#84: 3/17/2008

The Girl Next Door

Exceeds expectations. The characters are mature and realistic in their reactions.

#83: 3/16/2008

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Pretty good. This was a movie that had to be made.

#82: 3/16/2008

Patch Adams

Overall not bad, but too idealistic.

#81: 3/13/2008

Man on the Moon

A good film. Jim Carrey acted well. And I noticed it was directed by Milos Forman, that guy seems to be showing up everywhere now.

#80: 3/11/2008

Jumanji

It was good. A real pleasure to see the young Kirsten Dunst.

#79: 3/10/2008

Chungking Express

Fascinating. Interesting characters and cinematic devices.

#78: 3/8/2008

Aladdin and the King of Thieves

Meh. The plot seems contrived. A mere shadow of the first film.

#77: 3/7/2008

Cinderella (half)

Upon revisiting this classic I was rather disappointed. It advocates extremely excessive wealth and a love which judges entirely based on physical attraction. The prince is a jerk.

#76: 3/3/2008

Breathless

My first look at Jean-Luc Godard. There is much to learn from him.

#75: 3/2/2008

Amadeus

Excellent. By the director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Milos Forman. Now I'll remember that name.

#74: 2/29/2008

The Princess Bride

Amusing.

#73: 2/29/2008

The King of Kong

Fails to overcome its sense of triviality.

#72: 2/28/2008

Brokeback Mountain

A great love story.

#71: 2/25/2008

Do the Right Thing

They say this is Spike Lee's greatest work to date. Well that would be no insult.

#70: 2/23/2008

Margot at the Wedding

A look at the psychology of a very dysfunctional family. Overall decent.

#69: 2/21/2008

The Incredibles

Brilliant. Expertly crafted. The high level of plausibility is a rare and valuable asset.

#68: 2/21/2008

Aladdin

Extraordinary. Amoung the greatest of the Disney Classics.

#67: 2/18/2008

Mystic River

A general success.

#66: 2/17/2008

Fido

Funny and, at times, clever; but it loses points for the great void where a moral should be.

#65: 2/16/2008

Memoirs of a Geisha

An insightful glance at Japanese culture. A general success.

#64: 2/15/2008

No Country for Old Men

I'll have to watch this again, the people I watched it with talked far too much. But of what I heard (about half) it was great.

#63: 2/12/2008

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Praise for its oddities and moral lessons, but a shame that both attempts were a bit shortcoming.

#62: 2/9/2008

The Fog of War

Good, but a tad dull; a trait too typical of documentaries.

#61: 2/4/2008

Daughters of the Dust

I fell asleep due to a lack of subtitles (though the film was supposedly in English).

#60: 2/2/2008

Requiem for a Dream

So good that I decided I had to make a new section for comments. Extraordinarily powerful.

#59: 1/28/2008

Mystery Train

This film has no review.

#58: 1/26/2008

The Usual Suspects

This film has no review.

#57: 1/24/2008

Beetlejuice

This film has no review.

#56: 1/21/2008

Frida

This film has no review.

#55: 1/18/2008

Cube 2 - Hypercube

This film has no review.

#54: 1/17/2008

Wristcutters - A Love Story

This film has no review.

#53: 1/17/2008

I'm Not There

This film has no review.

#52: 1/16/2008

Fantasia

This film has no review.

#51: 1/14/2008

Tokyo Story

This film has no review.

#50: 1/12/2008

Munich

This film has no review.

#49: 1/11/2008

Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

This film has no review.

#48: 1/10/2008

Tekkonkinkreet

This film has no review.

#47: 1/7/2008

Raging Bull

This film has no review.

#46: 1/5/2008

Thankyou for Smoking

This film has no review.

#45: 12/30/2007

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

This film has no review.

#44: 12/27/2007

Juno

This film has no review.

#43: 12/23/2007

Goodfellas

This film has no review.

#42: 12/14/2007

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This film has no review.

#41: 12/14/2007

Battle Royale

This film has no review.

#40: 12/11/2007

The Hunt for Red October

This film has no review.

#39: 12/10/2007

The Sword in the Stone

This film has no review.

#38: 12/9/2007

The Bourne Supremacy

This film has no review.

#37: 12/8/2007

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

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#36: 12/6/2007

American Psycho

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#35: 12/5/2007

Corpse Bride

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#34: 12/3/2007

Land of the Dead

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#33: 12/2/2007

Paris, Je t'aime

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#32: 12/1/2007

Almost Famous

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#31: 11/30/2007

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#30: 11/23/2007

Back to the Future II

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#29: 11/23/2007

Back to the Future

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#28: 11/23/2007

Back to the Future III

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#27: 11/19/2007

Thin Blue Line

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#26: 11/13/2007

V for Vendetta

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#25: 11/12/2007

Bicycle Thieves

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#24: 11/10/2007

Blades of Glory

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#23: 11/7/2007

Trainspotting

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#22: 11/5/2007

Fight Club

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#21: 11/5/2007

Battleship Potemkin

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#20: 11/5/2007

Sophie Scholl - The Final Days

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#19: 11/5/2007

Ghostbusters II

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#18: 11/4/2007

Ghostbusters

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#17: 11/3/2007

Anchorman

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#16: 11/3/2007

The Machinist

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#15: 11/2/2007

Space Balls

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#14: 11/2/2007

12 Monkeys

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#13: 11/1/2007

Silence of the Lambs

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#12: 10/31/2007

Police Academy

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#11: 10/31/2007

Schindler's List

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#10: 10/30/2007

Robin Hood - Men in Tights

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#9: 10/28/2007

The Shining

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#8: 10/26/2007

Donnie Darko

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#7: 10/26/2007

Young Frankenstein

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#6: 10/26/2007

High Anxiety (half)

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#5: 10/25/2007

The Simpsons Movie

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#4: 10/22/2007

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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#3: 10/20/2007

Edward Scissorhands

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#2: 10/19/2007

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

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#1: 10/15/2007

Citizen Kane

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