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|72 T6||The Third Man (1949) - Jun 23, 2017
"I found the first half a test of patience, affectless characters rush through a bunch of dry exposition while zither guy plays like there's a gun to his head. It feels like the opening has no breathing room and every speaking role except Cotten's amounts to the phrase "you shouldn't get mixed up in this". Then Orson Welles swoops in and everything gets more spacious, atmospheric, emotionally engaging. It becomes the film I wanted it to be all along. The Ferris Wheel scene is a standout. "
|77 T7||Burn After Reading (2008) - Jun 20, 2017
"Spoofy espionage thriller that skewers infidelity and digital age superficiality. Excellent cast/characters but the third act deflates and ultimately feels incomplete, leaving me wish it had been maybe 40 minutes longer. Somehow it's still the only Coen feature I've seen on the big screen. "
|86 T9||Scream (1996) - Jun 06, 2017
"An entertaining exercise in form with a solid cast, tight pacing, and a great look and sound. I can see now why Lillard was summoned for Twin Peaks, thanks to my incredible powers of hindsight. "
|24 T1||Wizards (1977) - Jun 06, 2017
"It bites off more than it can chew both financially and artistically, resulting in lot of unfinished and recycled animation to pad an underdeveloped story. Leans on Hitler to make its point way too much. There's an interesting idea buried in there somewhere and Bob Holt does a pretty funny Peter Falk impression in the leading role but I can't say I would recommend this to anyone. "
|76 T7||Cool Runnings (1993) - May 28, 2017
"A hokey, formulaic, feel-good sports flick that bumbles through slapstick training montages into a "Rocky" climax that manages to conjure a swirl of genuine emotions while making a statement about building personal (and national) pride. It's a great movie for kids. "
|76 T7||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - May 05, 2017
"How easy is Dave Jordan's job, and how do I get it? "Hey guys I think this seminal chart-topping hit could work great over dramatic slo-mo!" - should be me. Better yet, just let me upload my own playlist to the blu-ray so I can put Kool & the Gang on there like god intended. Anyway, the laugh quota is way too high and there's a few dodgy lines and edits but I don't care. It's the only time I've ever cried with 3D glasses on. "
|58 T3||Escape from New York (1981) - May 02, 2017
"Screw Hideo Kojima, was Bin Laden inspired by this fucking thing? I was waiting for Van Cleef to bust out a game of Double Jenga and start ranting about Halliburton with the way that opening sequence was going. Anyway, cool concept but the story rapidly runs out steam as it fails to develop any meaningful conflict or characters. It asks only question we all know the answer to - is Kurt Russel a bad enough dude to save the president?"
|68 T5||Wild at Heart (1990) - Apr 24, 2017
"White Trash Shakespeare for the aggressively hip. Harry Dean Stanton is a fantastic actor and there's too many Wizard of Oz references. It works better as a Cage flick than a Lynch flick, whatever that means. "
|50 T2||Mortal Kombat (1995) - Apr 09, 2017
"I think the scene where Cage has to tell the stunt actor to fall down is actually a clever joke about the fatality window - and that's about all I managed to appreciate more as an adult. It is real shitty. There aren't any memorable fights, the plot has no drive, Kano is somehow the only likable character. Still, there is an undeniable nostalgia I have for this ridiculous trainwreck. Hollywood, time to hit the reboot button! "
|73 T6||The Avengers (2012) - Apr 09, 2017
"It's hard not to be cynical about the blueprint this set for the industry, but for it's own sake it's an entertaining ride that manages to feel jaunty even while aliens are invading and Manhattan is about to be nuked. I guess stakes don't always mean tension..."