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78 74% Broad City (2014) - Rated 02 Jun 2016
"I'd seen one episode in the past but I only finally now got around to watching it properly. On a moment-to-moment basis, it's hit and miss, but the charm of the lead characters remains consistent throughout. In many ways, it a very real show about my generation and twenty-something poverty, but it's also surreal, weird and hilarious. And bravo Criticker, it was bound to happen sooner or later: http://i.imgur.com/7U3SH7F.png"
83 84% Leaving Las Vegas (1995) - Rated 02 Jun 2016
"Certainly, Mike Figgis was not counting on Nicolas Cage becoming a meme when he directed this film, and the impact of his performance has been muted somewhat by the fact of him replicating his "vast repertoire of grimaces and shuffles" (to borrow a phrase from Stuart Klawans) in many other roles since. The film is artfully made and mired in misery, but as a whole, it's somehow less depressing than my actual life (at least Cage had a woman at his side while he was drinking himself to death)."
71 53% The Lobster (2015) - Rated 02 Jun 2016
"I hadn't seen a new movie in a while so I was excited at the opportunity to judge this, but I don't have much to say about it, as it turns out. There's no mistaking the level of craft here -- the images are beautiful, the themes ring true, and the bombastic score is used to interesting, deliberately distancing effect -- but ultimately, I have have trouble believing that two perfectly suited lovers would end up together, like one of them would not just leave."
76 69% Somewhere in Time (1980) - Rated 02 Jun 2016
"I wasn't paying much attention to this while it was on, so my rating is based on what little I saw when my phone wasn't distracting me, and also what I remember from when I saw it a decade ago. I was looking for something to break my heart, and I remembered this being a particularly devastating romance, but I think it was devastating to me then only because I didn't really understand loss and heartbreak. Props to the beautiful cinematography and rousing score though."
98 97% The Shining (1980) - Rated 20 May 2016
"I forgot to rate this when I saw it on TV last week. It's scary the first time, but on each successive viewing, it becomes harder to ignore the evocative power of Kubrick's images, everything from Danny riding his tricycle through the hotel's hallways while a steadicam follows closely behind, to Jack looking down at the hedge maze which his wife and son run joyously and obliviously through, to the opening helicopter shot. I must have seen it half a dozen times and I'm always hypnotized by it."
71 53% Cujo (1983) - Rated 20 May 2016
"I suppose this isn't a very good movie, but the circumstances under which I watched it made it a lot more enjoyable than it ought to have been, and as King adaptations go, it is endearing despite its datedness and obvious shortcomings in the same way as The Lawnmower Man, Needful Things and especially The Langoliers, which I can't recommend heartily enough as the kind of thing you always hoped for when picking up a random genre movie from the rental place on video tape a decade and a half ago."
48 19% Commando (1985) - Rated 20 May 2016
"Pretty typical 80s action movie stuff, incidentally featuring some great Schwarzenegger lines: "Excuse my friend, he's dead tired," "Let off some steam, Bennett," and, my favorite, because it's not even a joke or a pun, "Fuck YOU asshole." I just don't buy into the idea that it does the usual genre tropes in any kind of spectacular, transcendent way, and as Schwarzenegger films go, I would much more readily recommend those directed by actually gifted filmmakers like Verhoeven and Cameron."
100 99% Dahmer (2002) - Rated 10 Mar 2016
"Somebody could write a series of novels about the pathology behind me considering this my favorite film, but honestly, I connected with it in a way that I haven't with any other movie aside from Borderline. A part of me related to Dahmer, while another got off on the masochism involved in seeing him do such awful things. The whole sequence at the end between him and Rodney is basically what it's like whenever I invite people over to my house."
81 81% Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Rated 06 Mar 2016
"Maybe I'm rating this preemptively considering I haven't even made it to the end of season two, but I'd rather just get it out of the way so I don't have to think about it. This is a legitimately great show with its heart in exactly the right place, and even though there are some missteps here and there, ultimately, it does have some very real and important things to say about the struggle of life and the relationships we form to help us get us through it."
71 53% Almost Famous (2000) - Rated 09 Feb 2016
"You can tell that Crowe was obviously passionate about this project and threw everything he could at it, which is both good and bad in the same way as Spike Lee's baggier, more personal films. There's no question that it has one of the best casts in film history (up to and including unlikely figures like Marc Maron and Mitch Hedberg) and it's certainly emotionally resonant, but it doesn't always work, and I wouldn't have liked it as much if the girl who recommended it to me wasn't so attractive."