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  • Her

    Her (2013)

    August 26, 2014

    Corny and pretentious. How was this touted as such a love story? Maybe if I was an obnoxious self serving dude this would have had any kind of meaning or emotional impact for me. It's so gratuitous and with the several corny sex scenes it was laughably dumb. I'm all for the computer-human romance and I just wasn't buying this one at all. Grow up, move on, snooze fest.

  • Insidious: Chapter 2

    Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

    August 26, 2014

  • Frank

    Frank (2014)

    August 21, 2014

    A great movie about those without talent who know how to achieve fame versus those with talent without the desire for the fame they deserve. Overall a bit emotionally middling, it's more of a comedy but either way it's missing a bite. Enjoyable though, and great music.

  • The Fisher King

    The Fisher King (1991)

    August 20, 2014

    It's Terry Gilliam, you go in knowing what you're going to get, and Fisher King pretty much delivers in that sense. Actually it was a lot more upbeat than I expected. I found myself really enjoying the dynamic between Jack and his girlfriend actually, it felt very real and helped balance out the over-the-top-mental-illness-is-fun Robin Williams side of things.

  • A Great Day in Harlem

    A Great Day in Harlem (1995)

    August 15, 2014

    Nice introduction to jazz, great story, great photo, but unfortunately is a little too arm's-length to inspire much in my opinion.

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

    August 12, 2014

    I love the sets, though they look way less futuristic and just flat out 60s, I don't see why they didn't try a little harder. The point of the movie was lost on me too, I felt zero emotion throughout, and by the end I was mostly bored. Oh well.

  • The Dog

    The Dog (2014)

    August 09, 2014

    What a great little documentary, with a genuinely interesting and complex subject. Like the Pacino movie, I love the Brooklyn-ness of Wojtowicz and his world; from his mom to all of his 'wives,' you get a both portrait of Brooklyn culture along with some really interesting documentation of the gay community at the time. Wojtowicz is hard to pin down as a good/bad guy but you've got to admire his passion (just enough before he goes off into the deep end of narcissism and male chauvinism).

  • Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

    Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014)

    August 08, 2014

    A charming documentary about the band Pulp with a strong focus on the fans, Sheffield's people and culture in particular. Leaves you wanting a bit more from about about the band in my opinion, but the portraits of the fans are cute and they do a great job of making the clips from the concert look dynamic and fun.

  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man (2014)

    August 04, 2014

    Philip Seymour Hoffman gives an amazing performance but unfortunately that's about all you've got here. A plodding and monotone film which manages to lose tension as it builds; full of interesting ideas that bad pacing unfortunately suffocates.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future (1985)

    July 30, 2014

    Okay, so I watched Back To The Future for the first time at the age of 27, and I have a lot of questions. Like, first off, it was an enjoyable movie, I didn't dislike it at all... I mean, it's shot like a Disney ride so it's defacto enjoyable. It's all done well-the references are amusing and the sets are well done. But I definitely have a bunch of questions because this movie was so weird:

    First- Michael J Fox is such a weird casting choice. Like, Marty's from this family of established losers and yet he's portrayed as the like rebellious cool kid in school who has just enough insecurity and self-awareness that he's down to earth, he has a super hot girlfriend and he skateboards and plays guitar.... BUT he's Michael J Fox???? aka he's like 4'11" and looks like he's probably only going to get shorter as he gets older somehow??? Like, the casting is just so strange to me for that sort of character. Like Marty McFly is 'cool.' Michael J Fox is... not. Then in the updated end-of-movie reality the casting seems even WEIRDER because they're all still weird looking but they're now meant to be cool??? I don't buy it.
    I get that most of them were cast for comedic reasons but I didn't laugh once in this movie except for the line about the uncle as a baby "better get used to those bars." Runner up joke is the Reagan president line. Like it wasn't a funny movie at all to me... though maybe it was also just not my sense of humor.

    Second- Why is this 16 year old hanging out with a 70 year old man who hasn't aged since the 50s? (How has Doc not aged?! He looks exactly the same and they even SAY he waits 30 years to meet Marty again.. also do they imply Einstein is over 30 years old or does he just name every dog Einstein). I understand there's a time loop in which he met him when he was back in time which is why they now hang out later in life but that's such a strange mix. Like, why is that just socially acceptable? Why is there just like an eccentric genius living in town? Nobody questions it, in fact his principle even flat out tells him to stay away from the town genius... why??? He's a town genius. Why aren't they all flocking around him? Everybody in this movie is so strongly cartoony and hangs out for cartoon reasons of "because!" Which is okay for me, but just strikes me as super weird because they also conform strongly to normal conventions otherwise.
    Speaking of that time loop, why don't his parents remember him and have time travel suspicions. And why did it take them three children to name the kid Marty? The older brother should have been named Calvin, that would have been clever. Speaking of Calvin, why didn't they ever think like "woah, Calvin Klein, Darth Vader, Vulcan... all of these things came true" or maybe they did and they're in therapy now? I'll let this one slide.

    Third- Why Libyan terrorists?????????????? Was that meant to be 'funny' too?? Like "oh lookat those brown skins! they're always up to terror!" I get that we were dealing with Qaddafi back in the 80s but like it seems like a really weird choice for a wacky bad guys driving an outdated Volkswagon van in a kids movie about time travel. Like why couldn't it have just been the FBI? Or even like, I don't know, the mob or something? Or they could have left that whole part out and just had something explode in Doc's face instead of him being GUNNED DOWN. Then Marty could have warned him like "beware of shrapnel!!!" and he wears a bullet proof vest or whatever. Like, it felt like unnecessary 'drama' in a movie that was like somewhere in between a kids film and a movie that has terrorists and says 'shit' a lot.


    Fourth- This is probably just why I don't understand 80s movies in general but I don't understand these pro-Suburbia films that revolve around characters who conform so strongly to social conventions. Like, Marty is meant to be a bit of a rebel but when he rebels it's just so that he can marry the same girl from high school and move into the suburbs and raise a family and have kids. Like what exactly are you rebelling against then??? "Dad, I'm going to play loud music so I can eventually become you! Suck it!!!" I mean I guess this is just how people live their lives anyhow, but it's definitely an 80s Reagan era theme. Watching movies like this and to understand the circular logic of the human race is like the quickest way to make me feel like an extraterrestrial being observing another planet.

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