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  • It Follows

    It Follows 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2015

    Definitely liked this film more on a rewatch, without the crazy online hype around it I felt the first time I saw it in the theater. It Follows is shot extremely well with refreshing technical excellence for a horror film, sports a believable and likeable cast, and has an absolutely phenomenal premise.

    Definitely worth catching if you've missed it (and now on Netflix Canada!). just, don't go in with your expectations through the stratosphere, and you'll have a great time.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2015 2

    Wes Anderson isn't normally my bag- I'm much more of a low-brow cinephile. I had watched and enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox with my daughter, bailed about 10 minutes into Bottle Rocket, and have absolutely no interest in most of his others. However, I was in the mood for something a bit different than my normal fare and I had to make hay while the sun shines, since I knew I'll be back to Marvel movies and slashers in no time.…

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 6

    There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.

    The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2013 5

    Man of Steel isn't quite what I was expecting. I had avoided the previews as I typically do with a movie I intend to see anyways, so I was pleasantly surprised that by-and-large we avoided 45 minutes of growing-up-in-Kansas and Clark being a clumsy newspaper man. Some of these typical elements are sliced-and-diced into flashbacks throughout the movie, which is a refreshing change (vs say The Amazing Spiderman), but at the same time doesn't give quite the build up of…