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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2015

    A "holy crap", "wow" piece of entertainment that is at once brilliant, entertaining, all-encompassing, and filled with sharp ideas and characters, and a feminist manifesto that is almost as strong as anything in mainstream entertainment. It won't get much better than this in 2015.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Mar, 2015

    A familiar story, but intensely edited and directed that gives a whole different kind of life to it. I'd be hard pressed to find one person that took a breath during that final scene.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    Self-referential, self-deprecating and sly about it. In a way it feels like a modern All About Eve, a comment on the modern actor, except it's commenting about the "actor" and his struggle in donning the mask of the character, who he is, and what it means to do "art".

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2015

    Damn if Abrams didn't pull it off. I felt like a kid again just like when I saw the 20th Anniversary editions in theatres. So many feels... And it's not perfect, but it made me forget those damn prequels.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2015

    An anti-2001 and at its heart is humanity and love. Its visuals, stunning photography, and crescendoing score aid a script that is not without its faults, but the earnestness of Nolan's overall vision pulls it through.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2013

    A Tarantino film always improves on multiple viewings for me, and I can't help but feel this one will do exactly the same. This is his most ambitious film in terms of theme and satire, but it's also his most gratuitous. There's so much going on here story-wise, variants, blips, blurbs, and where he concentrates sometimes I can't help but feel he could've concentrated elsewhere. Despite its great performances, wit, and fun, it seems like he never got a hold of of the film in the editing room. Still, he's working with wildfire here; there's a spark here that just wasn't with Inglourious Basterds.

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2014

    Spike Jonze has always pushed the boundaries of storytelling and he never ever does it just halfway. Her finds him doing exactly the same thing. A man falls in love with his operating system. Yes, by all accounts this premise shouldn't work. Neither should've Being John Malkovich, but here we are.
    What he always does is find a specific visual tone to work with his written one. If he didn't, his films would fall apart within the first hour. Instead…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 09 Mar, 2015

    Fincher continues this period of turning airport reads into art and gives this one even more visual depth than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He succeeds mainly because of his below the line collaborators, the amazing adaptation of her own novel by Gillian Flynn, and a stunning, electric turn by Rosamund Pike as Amazing Amy.

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★★½ Added

    Ezekiel 25:17: "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the
    inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in
    the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of
    darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost
    children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious
    anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.…

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2012

    It's brilliant, but it's not the Citizen Kane the modern film geeks want it to be.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    "A friend is a gift you give yourself."

    Seedy, unsettling, and brilliant. I don't think I've ever felt more uncomfortable watching a character than that of Lou Bloom.

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★★ Added

    "HOLY FREAKIN' MASTERPIECE, BATMAN!"

    (This one's gonna be long...)

    I came out of the theater for only the second time in my life (Pan's Labyrinth, being the other) feeling that I needed to just stay in the theater and wait for the next showing. One viewing was simply not enough to let everything sink in. It was a stunned feeling, something of awe. The people I went with kept asking me what I thought of the movie, of Ledger, and…