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  • The Recruit

    The Recruit

    ★★★

    I remember being baffled by Pacino's involvement in "The Recruit", i.e. seeing him in a movie that is essentially a frills-free TV-movie without even trace amounts of cinematic flair. Re-watching it helped me appreciate it for what it is, a well written albeit artless thriller. By now Pacino has acted in a long string of turds and turkeys making "The Recruit" one of the better Pacino projects since "Insomnia", a movie that came almost twenty years ago. Colin Farrell is always a welcomed face but I must admit I used to dismiss him as yet another untalented pretty-boy back in the early aughts.

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★½

    I consider "Sideways" as one of the handful of movies that have contributed in molding my current approach to critically lauded movies, movies associated with a lot of pre-awards show-buzz and whatnot. I love a few movie critics but the main body of professional critics are a flock of unreliable pundits . This is by no way a bad movie and Giamatti is great as always but I didn't get all the buzz to be honest. Giamatti repeats the sad…

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  • The Oregonian

    The Oregonian

    ★★★★½

    UNHERALDED AND UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE

    I don't know if "The Oregonian" is well known in indie circles, but it is probably and regrettably unknown to the mainstream public at large, probably even to most genre picture fiends like me. Only 350 people have rated it on IMDB (April, 2013) and the average score there is shamefully low: 3,5. For shame people! I know that IMDB ratings are not "scientific" as measures of a movie's popularity or notoriety but they give a…

  • Escape Plan

    Escape Plan

    ★★

    TOUGH GUYZ 2: STOP OR MY GRANDPA' WILL SHOOT: I laughed my head off watching this ridiculous movie. But I wasn't particularly amused. It was the type of laughter that villains in bad movies are prone to engage in, dry and sarcastic. Anyway. Every single actor, including the lovely and apparently slumming Amy Ryan seems to be suffering from tetanus. Fiddy Cents seems even more wussier than he uses to, Stallone speaks in somber, three-word sentences that sound like profound…