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  1. Murder Party 8/10 I know, with a name like that, why even watch it, it's obv a masterpiece. But this was ridiculously fun, in all kinds of wrong ways. The first movie from Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room). Ultra low budget with kind of a Reservoir Dogs feel to it, a handful of characters in a warehouse setting, just, more casually demented than RD. It's like a post-modern hipster horror with more than a tinge of psychotic comedy. I definitely guilty-cringe-chuckled more than once. Gore a plenty, and a lot of pop culture references to other horror/sci-fi/cult movies. Actually I'm surprised this hasn't developed a bit of a cult following as it's got all the elements, but it seems to be almost completely unknown. Tried to find it after seeing Blue Ruin a few years ago but all the torrents were dead; I guess now with Green Room raising his profile it's been re-seeded and is circulating again.
  2. Incendies 9/10 I guess this was Denis Villeneuve's breakout movie from 2010, found it kicking about on my hard drive. Twins from Quebec are sent on a journey to their ancestral homeland (Lebanon?) after their mother's death. Slow and takes a looooong time to get where it's going but when it does, my dog!, one of the bigger wtf twist moments. And along the way it's still absolutely beautiful to look at, terrific powerful acting, with Radiohead's Amnesiac as a soundtrack. Easy to see his early potential.
  3. little bit of Accidental Renaissance in this one
  4. Foreign Policy - Donald Trump’s Russia Scandal Is Just Getting Started
  5. Passengers 2/10 So much wrong here I don't even know where to start, so let's go with the funniest - Andy Garcia has 4th billing, and he's literally only in it for like 3 seconds. One point just for being real purdy, the other for one legitimately cool creative scene, the rest is a hunk of junk. Midnight Special 6/10 Nothing special. Individually a lot of the scenes were interesting and hooked me, yet overall the movie wasn't able to do the same. Missing that je ne sais quoi. I Am Not a Serial Killer 8/10 Now this I liked. There's been a bunch of these throwback to the 70s-80s horror films recently (throwback in style, not the smirky snarky self-referential stuff that Scream started) and this is one of the better ones imo. Not as good as It Follows, but better than The Conjuring, House of the Dead, or Stranger Things. A review compared it to Romero's vampire movie Martin and it felt similar, doing that thing where you're not sure if you're following the hero or the villain (or both). Slightly grainy film quality was bang on - just so subtle without overdoing it - couldn't shake the feeling I was watching a well preserved VHS even as the characters play around with smartphones. Not a perfect movie, but after Passengers, man, give it some awards.
  6. @GLASSJAW I tried reading Hilary Mantel for the first time a few months ago and it was the most unpleasant book experience I've had in years. Just the loosest framework of a plot allowing a pile of annoying, petty, gross characters to whine and argue with one another. I read reviews of Wolf Hall and her other most famous books after on goodreads and they all seemed to complain of the same things. I do not understand the critical/award hype for her. 2 other novels I've read recently that I would recommend: A Brief History of 7 Killings - 2015 Booker winner. Fiction story based around the real historical assassination attempt on Bob Marley. Multiple narrators, all told in their voices. Phenomenal. Will be an HBO series soon I think. Barkskins - Follows two families generations down through 300 years of the logging industry in Canada, the US, New Zealand and Germany. A little rambly at times but I think that was the point, and stuffed with fascinating historical environmental trivia,
  7. Polls haven't been very accurate recently. Personally I'm more interested in seeing actual people on the ground. We've seen plenty of opposition recently, so I'm looking forward to how many feel passionate enough to get out in the streets at these upcoming 'Spirit of America' pro-Trump rallies: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/08/exclusive-spirit-america-conservative-grassroots-leaders-plan-massive-pro-trump-demonstrations-nationwide/ oddly, the 27th is a Monday
  8. CBJ DJ been killing it all night with the old school hip hop
  9. Everybody remember to only speak french to her.
  10. @Monty ha, yeah, that actually was probably the funniest thing in the film for me
  11. Hacksaw Ridge 6.5/10 Interesting individual true war story with a couple memorable moments (alternate title: Vince Vaughn's Super Fun Sleigh Ride!) but I'm not sure it warranted the 2:20 run time. Idiocracy 7.5/10 Had never seen this but apparently I downloaded it at some point, and my tv will keep playing files alphabetically off my hard drive, so, now I've seen it. It's funny but a little too absurd - there's no way someone as ridiculous as President Camacho and his bumbling cabinet could ever seize power in the United States of America. C'mon. "I can't believe you like money like me!" "Yeah, hey, we should hang out!"
  12. Silence 8.5/10 That's a rare case where I like the movie over the source book. Not to take away from the book/story, it's deep historical religious fiction that brought to life a different time, but something always seems to get mangled in Japanese -> English translations, and here it came off like satire, this man running around in the mountains of a foreign land obsessing over his rituals and looking down on the people he's supposed to help. The movie does a better job of conveying the gravity and hopelessness of the situation. Also the book didn't seem interested in the beauty (natural and man made) of Japan, but on camera it's inescapable. It's got a great paradox/rhetorical question at the center of it all too - would Jesus himself even hesitate to renounce all the protocols that had been enacted in his name if it meant immediately and directly easing the suffering of others? But yeah, both book and movie, while great, are a slow slog. Much as I liked it don't think I'll be rewatching anytime soon. In conclusion, Adam Driver's face is weird.
  13. Hidden Figures 7.5/10 A lot like Imitation Game last year - slick and sleek, important true story, just a little too polished for my liking. There's something about these movies that feel intentionally crafted to win awards that rings a little hollow. But, no major complaints, glad I watched it, probably wouldn't ever watch again. Hopefully they were more accurate to the historical story than with Turing. Feel like, the individual stories of the three women were probably correct, it just seemed a bit too perfect how they were already a tight trio who drove to work together etc. Have to look into it.