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  • 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.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2012

    With a few minor complaints in tow (clunky-ish beginning, Hawkeye's usage), Whedon has finally created a Marvel movie that can stand above what Marvel has done so far and be classified "a great piece of work." He balances the whole cast with humor and ease, while providing an ample story to go along with it, great set pieces for a great look, and a delicious villain in Loki to top it off. I'm especially impressed with his handling of Captain…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    There will not be a cooler movie released this year. No question. Nicolas Winding Refn's European sensibilities mixed with odes to American B-cinema is sloshed around to perfection here. It runs on a bare story and script, but ts substance is the myriad of styles its evoking: from the Euro colors, to the 80's type vibe in the soundtrack, to the indie type smiles and silences, to the B-movie love applied to cars and jackets, gory violence, and really bad…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    Review to come after second viewing

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • 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.

  • 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.…

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2013

    Perfectly adequate - the script (less-so) and the actors (more-so) get it through. Nothing more, nothing less.

    The thing about this film is that it covers up its flaws (the most egregious being that romance can cure mental issues - yay!) with so much charm, we're almost forced to not notice. Still, for the first half I was marveled by how wonderfully off-putting the trajectory of the story was going. I had no idea where it might head. But, after…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Nov, 2012

    The word "epic" feels far past cliche at this point, but I think it applies at least in a minor way when we've seen Bond films done in almost every fashion except this. Mendes and his team stepped up the game. Like with Casino Royale, this feels like another reboot for the series, but instead of just going with something solid, they sought more, roping in some of the best of the business across all filmmaking fronts to elevate Bond…