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|61 T4||Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - Jul 19, 2017
"As I knelt by the river and threw my head back the tribal elder emptied the gourd of sticky-sweet liquid film down my throat. The reason for my fasting became clear as the twee nostalgia hit my empty stomach with paralyzing force, and I had to fight the urgent signals my body was giving me to reject it. When I awoke I realized two things - that I was somehow even more jaded than before, and that Wes Anderson had created the most white-bread cornball shit I ever saw. And I saw You've Got Mail."
|76 T7||The Host (2006) - Jul 14, 2017
"Godzilla meets Finding Nemo in the filthiest family movie you'll ever smell - it is completely vile and endearing, full of humor and devoid of romance. It must have had some killer reviews when it came out because I remember my dad taking me to see it and you couldn't get that guy to watch anything but old Andy Griffith reruns. The cg monster still looks polished today but the emotional slow motion (emo-slo-mo) is an obvious crutch and appears to add about 20 minutes to the total runtime. "
|70 T5||Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Jul 12, 2017
"It pushes the America buttons hard - Spidey has to save the Washington Monument, the Staten Island Ferry (w/ statue of liberty watching), a hijacked plane from hitting a skyscraper, the soul of the embittered working class guy. Keaton and RDJ have fun as the arms-dealing father figures and Holland is a third time's charm of a recast. My ideal post-credits stinger would have been Tobey Macguire and Andrew Garfield sitting on a park bench looking dumb and dejected. That would really bring it home."
|81 T8||Spider-Man 2 (2004) - Jul 12, 2017
"How did I miss this one? I loved Tobey's elastic pain face, the montage w/ freeze-frame, the zeal with which the writers constantly shit on Peter, and the wonderfully inorganic way that every character lectures a high-schooler about the nature of heroism. Cast is solid and Raimi's direction is confident, selling the comedy, horror, and even the drama in a surprisingly moving scene that manages to kill Uncle Ben again. "
|65 T4||The World's End (2013) - Jul 05, 2017
"Buddies get drunk and maudlin, there's a bit about social engineering, whip pan to confused-looking bloke, delightful zombie brawl ensues. You know the fuckin' drill by now it's an Edgar Wright movie"
|68 T5||John Wick (2014) - Jul 02, 2017
"This dog-avenging boogeyman assassin was exactly the character that The Babadook was lacking. Directed by veteran stuntmen, John Wick benefits from a mastery of inertia but often feels like it's just going through the motions. It's refreshingly straightforward in its execution, but ultimately insubstantial. It knows its strengths and tries nothing else. "
|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 fun 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. "