Tag Archives: 2013

What I’m Watching – May 2014

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

The Armstrong Lie (Dir: Alex Gibney, 2013) ****

The Green Hornet (Dir: Michel Gondry, 2011) **

Tower Heist (Dir: Brett Ratner, 2011) ***

Maleficent (Dir: Robert Stromberg, 2014) ***

Godzilla (Dir: Gareth Edwards, 2014) **

Lone Survivor (Dir: Peter Berg, 2013) ****

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (Dir: Bryan Singer, 2014) ****

Pitch Perfect (Dir: Jason Moore, 2012) ****

Much Ado About Nothing (Dir: Joss Whedon, 2012) ***

RoboCop (Dir: José Padilha, 2014) **

Chef (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2014) ****

Don Jon (Dir: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2013) ****

Grudge Match (Dir: Peter Segal, 2013) *

What I’m Watching – April 2014

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

Point Break (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) *****

Plastic (Dir: Julian Gilbey, 2014) **

Short Term 12 (Dir: Destin Cretton, 2013) *****

The One I Love (Dir: Charlie McDowell, 2014) ****

Blue Ruin (Dir: Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) ****

The Case Against 8 (Dir: Ben Cotner, Ryan White, 2014) ***

Obvious Child (Dir: Gillian Robespierre, 2014) ***

Dinosaur 13 (Dir: Todd Douglas Miller, 2014) ***

Finding Fela! (Dir: Alex Gibney, 2014) ****

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (Dir: David Zellner, 2014) ***

EDC 2013: Under The Electric Sky (Dir: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, 2014) **

Frank (Dir: Lenny Abrahamson, 2014) ****

The Voices (Dir: Marjane Satrapi, 2014) ****

Fruitvale Station (Dir: Ryan Coogler, 2013) ****

Little Accidents (Dir: Sara Colangelo, 2014) ***

Hamlet 2 (Dir: Andrew Fleming, 2008) **

The Boat That Rocked (Dir: Richard Curtis, 2009) ***

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Dir: Marc Webb, 2014) *****

Your Sister’s Sister (Dir: Lynn Shelton, 2011) ****

Mr. Nobody (Dir: Jaco Van Dormael, 2009) ****

Cracks (Dir: Jordan Scott, 2009) ***

The Double (Dir: Richard Ayoade, 2013) *****

After The Night (Até Ver A Luz) (Dir: Basil Da Cunha, 2013) ***

What I’m Watching – March 2014

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) **

Drinking Buddies (Dir: Joe Swanberg, 2013) ****

Bad Neighbours (Dir: Nicholas Stoller, 2014)

Our Idiot Brother (Dir: Jesse Peretz, 2011) ****

Soapdish (Dir: Michael Hoffman, 1991) ****

Girl, Interrupted (Dir: James Mangold, 1999) ****

Pi (Dir: Darren Aronofsky, 1998) ****

Cry-Baby (Dir: John Waters, 1990) ***

20 Feet From Stardom (Dir: Morgan Neville, 2013) *****

Benny & Joon (Dir: Jeremiah Chechik, 1993) ***

The Way, Way Back (Dir: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, 2013) ****

Starred Up (Dir: David Mackenzie, 2013) ****

Divergent (Dir: Neil Burger, 2014) ***

Tracks (Dir: John Curran, 2013) ****

World’s Greatest Dad (Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait, 2009) ***

The Heat (Dir: Paul Feig, 2013) ***

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Dir: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2014) ***

Veronica Mars (Dir: Rob Thomas, 2014) ***

Her (Dir: Spike Jonze, 2013) *****

300: Rise Of An Empire (Dir: Noam Murro, 2014) **

Non-Stop (Dir: Jaume Collet-Serra, 2014) **

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2014) *****

RoboCop (Dir: Paul Verhoeven, 1987) *****

Not Quite A Haiku Review: Her (2013)

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I just fell in love.
Is it possible to marry a film?
Siri, please wipe my tears.

Theodore works for Star-Lord, apparently.
Please let me be his Mrs. Twombly.
I like future Los Angeles.

Scarlett’s sultry tones are magnetic.
Kudos to you moving aside, Samantha Morton.
That surrogate shit be cray.

Get excited about future games.
That little cartoon dude begs for abuse.
Everybody loves Mr. Adam Spiegel.

Here’s to Oscar-winning Spike Jonze.
And dedicatees Yauch, Savides, Sendak and Gandolfini.
Don’t go humping the fridge.

VERDICT: 5/5

What I’m Watching – February 2014

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

Labor Day (Dir: Jason Reitman, 2013) ***

Calvary (Dir: John Michael McDonagh, 2014) ****

Muppets Most Wanted (Dir: James Bobin, 2014)

The Raid 2: Berandal (Dir: Gareth Evans, 2014) *****

Ride Along (Dir: Tim Story, 2014) **

The Lego Movie (Dir: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014) ****

Review: Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Film Title: Out of the Furnace
Director: Scott Cooper.

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe.

Certificate: 15.

With only 2009’s CRAZY HEART to his name, Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE struggles to disguise its relatively green writer-director. What could have been an intelligent, tense revenge thriller unfortunately soon unravels as a redneck version of TAKEN; a paint by numbers and completely unremarkable affair that signposts any shock tactics from a mile off. However, with Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio (originally set to direct and star) onboard as producers, it’s hardly surprising it attracted such impressive talent.

After a tragic car accident puts Russell Baze (Christian Bale) behind bars, he returns to a place where everything is fundamentally the same, but inescapably different. His younger, Iraq-serving brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) seeks solace in physical bouts, while girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana) is far more standoffish than hoped. But Rodney’s addiction to the boxing ring is more than just a hobby as he finds himself sucked into a dangerous world of underground fighting, headed by the nefarious Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). When little bro mysteriously goes missing and local police chief Wesley (Forest Whitaker) is slow to act, Russell decides to take matters into his own hands. Continue reading

Not Quite A Haiku Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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I just went inside actual Llewyn Davis.
His name needs another syllable.

Oscar has an impressive voice.
He is nicer to Mulligan this time.
She actually made me laugh.

Llewyn is really quite sad.
Jake Johnson must be his older brother.
He hitchhikes far too much.

Adam Driver rocks my world.
Garrett and Goodman are an unnecessary distraction.
Timberlake has a good beard.

LOVE the record cover poses.
Please Mr. Kennedy is my new jam.
I must have that cat.

VERDICT: 4/5