• The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★

    Jake Gyllenhaal talking on the phone? Make that Jake Gyllencall

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★½

    They had them soggy-bottom jeans,
    Boots with the spursss (with the spursss)
    The whole church was looking at them sirsss
    Man of Sorrow (Man of Sorrow)
    Next thing you know
    Pappy got low, low, low, low, low, low, low

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  • The Mad Women's Ball

    The Mad Women's Ball

    ★★★½

    Le Bal des Folles is one of those movies you sit through the credits in silence for. It’s one with themes you just can’t shake until sleep lulls you over later that night. While there were some major quirks with the execution, nothing falters its thematic heaviness, which is how I’m going to remember this movie in a good light.

    The protagonist shift from Eugénie to Geneviève was one such example of poor execution, but I liked the sentiment; Geneviève’s…

  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★½

    THIS is how you write a self-aware quirky character.

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  • The Big Chill

    The Big Chill

    ★★★

    I’m not saying it needed more plot; I was in the mood for a dialogue-heavy movie. Problem is, a) the dialogue didn’t grip me, and b) it did nothing with the kick-off that united the characters. Those tenets are pretty much required for a plotless movie. 

    There was a considerable amount of establishing for the characters to spend such little time grieving. It almost became a joke, the characters self-acknowledging changing the subject whenever Alex’s name arose in conversation. Suddenly…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★½

    That scene where Pacino and De Niro meet face to face was *chef’s kiss*, but in terms of crime movies with Heat in the title where the two main characters bond in a restaurant, it still has nothing on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s bar scene in The Heat (2013).

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  • A Horse from Heaven

    A Horse from Heaven

    ½

    I guess this is the type of shit you watch when the post-wisdom tooth surgery recovery is kicking your butt

  • Cool Runnings

    Cool Runnings

    ★★½

    Got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday and watched this movie when I got home, but forgot to post. Don’t have much unfortunately, was still kinda loopy afterwards.

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    1990’s Film Alphabet Puzzle

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★★

    I guess the real Perks of Being a Wallflower were the friends we made along the way.

    SPOILERS

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower was arduous for me. Upfront, I’ve never read the book, which I think it’s a real hinderance because this movie seems to be made for people who knew the story in advance, because it does not unravel in a natural way. Had there not been a throng of people that previously loved the novel, I think…

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★½

    Eek I fell 10 weeks behind on my 52 week challenge 😬 Not a great record. I’ll try my best this week to catch up, starting with Zero Dark Thirty!

    I find it interesting that Mark Boal has transformed a career of freelance journalism into premier Hollywood screenwriting. I guess it’s not that different; chasing fascinating stories and dramatizing them. Just seems like a unique path to me.  

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    I can count on one hand the number of the scripts I’ve sought out immediately after watching a movie. This was one of them. 

    Lynne Ramsay’s immersive world-building is something I was aware of going in, but after actually seeing one of her films for the first time, I had to see how that translates from a page. Meticulously, it turns out. The reliance on inserts and sound design is baked into the script. There is a page of direction…