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Watching All My Movies # 49: Kick-Ass

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

I kind of wish this movie was just about Hit Girl and Big Daddy, but I guess we have to live through the dork in the scuba gear to get the good stuff.

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Watching All My Movies # 48: Keeping the Faith

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

The editing in this movie gets weirder every time I see it, to the point where it’s rather distracting. And the priest/rabbi jokes don’t quite hold up. Still, it’s fun to watch Jenna Elfman traipse about being charming.

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Watching All My Movies # 47: Juno

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

I thought this was brilliant the first time I saw it, but I guess I got tired of Michael Cera as himself and Ellen as a smart-mouthed teen since then. Her parents, though, they’re still awesome.

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Watching All My Movies # 46: Joe Versus The Volcano

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

I hated this movie the first time I saw it, but for some reason agreed to watch it again. Then again. And again. And now it’s one of my favorite movies. Charming.

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Watching All My Movies # 45: Jack Reacher

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

I received this as a gift recently, so it was my first time watching it. Entertaining and exciting, although the lawyer character made it all rather silly.

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Watching All My Movies # 44: It’s a Wonderful Life

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

I was surprised to find that this movie can still make me cry. Maybe it was the holiday season, maybe it was just the overwhelming generosity of George’s friends when things looked their bleakest. Maybe it’s just a really good movie.

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Watching All My Movies # 43: Independence Day

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

Alas, after almost 20 years, this movie is not holding up well. Or perhaps I am less able – or willing – to overlook its deficiencies. Still a fun watch, though, if only to mock it.

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Watching All My Movies # 42: Hot Fuzz

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

The more often I watch this, the more I like it. It’s another perfect parody.

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Watching All My Movies # 41: Hope Floats

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

Sure, it’s saccharine and mushy, but I like Sandra Bullock, and even Harry Connick Jr.on occasion. It’s a nice break from thinking.

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Watching All My Movies # 40: High Fidelity

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

Typical of this project of mine, I’ve found in this watching that again, it’s not the main character that holds my attention anymore, but all the people around him. He’s mainly insecure and narcissistic, which gets boring, but everyone else is brilliant (although I do love his descriptions of the other characters, especially when he goes off on what he loves about his girlfriend).

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Watching All My Movies # 39: Hero

by on Jan.04, 2015, under Updates

It took several viewings and a lot more experience with kung-fu movies to realize how much this follows the formula, but it’s still a beautiful movie. I love the use of color to tell the story, and I was still teary at the end.

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Watching All My Movies # 38: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

by on Sep.09, 2014, under Updates

The first time I sat down to watch this movie, I watched it twice. I mean, I watched it once, and as soon as it finished, I watched it again. It’s still hilarious. The Weedie sequence is the best bit.

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Watching All My Movies # 37: The Hangover

by on Sep.04, 2014, under Updates

This movie will never be as funny as the first time I saw it, but it still has plenty of oh-my-god moments, including the last of the credits surprises.

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Watching All My Movies # 36: Go

by on Sep.01, 2014, under Updates

Christmas, LA-style. I love the cast of characters and how it all ties together at the end. The mind-reading cat is a high point.

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Watching All My Movies # 35: Galaxy Quest

by on Aug.23, 2014, under Updates

One of my favorite movies, a perfect parody of a great series, point-perfect in every scene.

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Watching All My Movies # 34: Four Weddings and a Funeral

by on Aug.07, 2014, under Updates

If not for Andie MacDowell, this would be a 4-star movie. If you can pretend she isn’t there, it is a 4-star movie.

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Watching All My Movies # 33: Finding Neverland

by on Jul.25, 2014, under Updates

The first time I watched this one, I cried like a baby at the end. This time, I was better able to focus on the relationships between the major characters. Still love that ploy with the orphans.

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Watching All My Movies # 32: Field of Dreams

by on Jul.15, 2014, under Updates

I always liked this one, even with Kevin Costner. Again, the more often you watch a movie, the less it’s about the main character, and the more it’s about the side characters: the wife, the daughter, the baseball players. I’m still not sure why folks would travel to a baseball field out in the middle of nowhere, though.

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Watching All My Movies # 31: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

by on Jul.07, 2014, under Updates

Ferris-Schmerris, the true gems of of this movie are all the other characters: Cameron, Sloane, Mr. Rooney, the sister, the secretary.

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Happy 14th birthday, Booboolina.com!

by on Jun.23, 2014, under Updates

I’m sorry I have neglected you so horrendously! I promise to think about updating you more often in the future. Promise.

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Watching All My Movies # 30: Die Hard

by on Mar.01, 2014, under Updates

Bruce Willis is so young in this movie, he looks almost plastic! Same with Alan Rickman! I never realized how many too-long tender moments there were over the CB, and how explodey everything got at the end. Holy cow! Still one of the best Christmas movies ever made.

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Watching All My Movies # 29: The Dark Knight

by on Feb.02, 2014, under Updates

This movie is better every time I watch it. Not because of Ol’ Needs-To-Clear-His-Throat, but because of the masterful Joker. Two-Face was pretty good too.

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Watching All My Movies # 28: The Dark Crystal

by on Feb.02, 2014, under Updates

I will admit that I haven’t seen this in quite a while. I’m 20 minutes into it, and I’m wondering how this was ever considered a movie suitable for children. It’s terrifying! It’s also not nearly as good as I remembered (voiceovers, dialogue, music, etc). Colin and I used to watch this over and over when we were *much* younger, and had most, if not all, of the dialogue memorized.

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Watching All My Movies # 27: Dan in Real Life

by on Jan.28, 2014, under Updates

I don’t usually like Juliet Binoche in English-speaking movies, but she was a lot less annoying in this than in others (except for the laughing). Steve Carrell, as always, treads the line between ridiculous and painfully awkward and realistically touching with the skill we’ve come to expect. All the side characters are delightful as well.

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Watching All My Movies # 26: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

by on Jan.28, 2014, under Updates

When I first saw this movie, I thought it was a kung-fu movie unlike any other. Don’t get me wrong, it is very different from most of the others out there. However, I’ve seen enough kung-fu movies since 2000 that this time I could finally see how much it uses all the same formulas for action, comedy and romance. Still love it, though. A lot.

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Watching All My Movies # 25: Crossing Delancey

by on Dec.16, 2013, under Updates

This is one of a few movies that I obtained because I like all the characters so much, and it’s so well-written, that I return to it time and again, like my favorite sweatshirt. Yes, it’s dated, and I can’t really relate to the main character. So what? Who wouldn’t want to date Sam the Pickle Guy?

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Watching All My Movies # 24: Clueless

by on Dec.16, 2013, under Updates

One of my very very favorite Austin adaptations of one of my less favorite Austin novels.

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Watching All My Movies # 23: Casino Royale

by on Dec.08, 2013, under Updates

As someone who usually tunes out during chase scenes, I have to say that the parkour sequence at the beginning of Casino Royale ranks right up there with Ronin, Point Break and District 13 for watchability. (Yes, I’ve seen Bullitt, and as someone who knows the area, there are too many inconsistencies to enjoy the chase for its own sake.)

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A Month of Thanksgiving, Nov 6

by on Nov.06, 2013, under Updates

Today I am thankful for friends who listen to all my stories, whether they’re interesting or not.

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A Month of Thanksgiving, Nov 5

by on Nov.05, 2013, under Updates

Today I’m thankful for health care, no matter how uncomfortable the care may be sometimes.

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