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|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..."
|59 T3||Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - Apr 09, 2017
"Imagine how much cooler would this be if Cap got caught up fighting WWII instead of questing for the mystical franchise tie-in stone that nobody gives a shit about"
|65 T4||What We Do in the Shadows (2014) - Apr 03, 2017
"Charming but sparse, with a few jokes that drag on too long. It's at its best when Jemaine Clement is hamming it up, he really embraces the role. Now I'm gonna have to watch the Belgian vampire mockumentary from 2010 to see if it's any better..."
|92 T9||Swiss Army Man (2016) - Mar 25, 2017
"A heartfelt song of life from the guys who brought us the "Turn Down for What" music video. It's gorgeous, hilarious, weird, and fresh all pivoting around a completely stupid premise. I loved it. "
|36 T1||Grand Piano (2013) - Mar 14, 2017
"Bugshit absurd premise with disappointingly little payoff. I had some fun reading too far into the 'performance anxiety' angle, with the sniper representing premature ejaculation and the player ultimately having to finger a C correctly. Props to Elijah Wood for actually playing the instrument, his skill level is clearly not world class (he aint' Cory Henry) but I was impressed all the same. My prediction: Damien Chazelle's next movie will be about the best jazz bass player in the whole world. "
|81 T8||Logan (2017) - Mar 10, 2017
"Pushy with the pathos and overlong, but in the realm of superhero flicks it's an oasis. It tips a cap to westerns, keying on a natural vs man-made theme to provide a poetic end for the beloved character (as well as his inner demon). Doesn't it feel refreshing to ditch the tired urban catastrophe/cgi sky laser third act? To see a hero's arc concluded, not discontinued? To hear Sir Patrick Stewart say naughty words? Isn't it nice to feel something human in these again?"
|96 T10||Barton Fink (1991) - Mar 06, 2017
"Has everything I could ask for. Open-ended mystery, surrealism, black comedy, regular comedy, regular horror, technical prowess, (sound design, cinematography, acting) and John Goodman. While focusing on the nightmares of Hollywood, Fink's preoccupation with inner pain has him tuning out the elephant outside the room - WWII, that is (not Goodman you jerks), and turning towards Faulkner's escapism. But I think he can hear the trace of a raid siren in the bells, mosquitos, and buzzing violins... "
|34 T1||Twilight (2008) - Feb 27, 2017
"Not hyperbolically bad but it's hampered by syfy channel production value and two of the most stoic, unlikeable leads in recent memory - now maybe that's the point (think Heathers) but it doesn't do this film any favors. Watching it nearly ten years on it's kind of funny how much Kristen Stewart is made to seem like the most attractive girl in the world when Anna Kendrick is standing right behind her. If they had switched roles this would have been a lot more charming."