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  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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.

  • Drive

    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 Avengers

    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…

  • 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.

  • 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.…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★★ Added


    (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

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Added

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

    There are two kind of filmmakers: The kind that take you on a visceral ride and the kind that affect you aesthetically. Hardly ever is there a filmmaker who can combine both on a regular basis. Maybe once in a while, yes, but multiple times... Akira Kurosawa was the kind who made a perfect 10 every time out in both categories (Spielberg would be the closest American cinema has). His films were wallops of adrenaline, but they were also incredibly…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2012

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

    There's so much that be said about this film and about how Nolan has crafted some of the best quality mainstream films in the time of "the dumb blockbuster." Nolan manages the feat of sending his Batman trilogy off in style, though it has considerably less swagger than its predecessor . And though, on the surface, it is pure big budget filmmaking, it's really just a story about why a man might put on a mask to fight crime, and…