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  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    What this film could've easily dissolved into was a love letter to the performance of Eddie Redmayne, which is stunning method work reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, but since it was Jane Hawking's book that was the basis for this film - thus, their relationship being the central force here - what we get is a marriage of equal stories; it is them, not just him. Felicity Jones matches the physical intensity of Redmayne with complex emotions,…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    A fierce, restrained, and internally wrought piece of filmmaking.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2015

    Lean and kinda mean, this takes the series into more of a war genre than an action genre and it's decently satisfying.

  • 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.

  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    Besides a wonderfully designed villain and the charm of Baymax, it feels kinda pretty with no great substance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lucy

    Lucy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    An interesting idea that's terribly executed.

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    What I see here is not Steve James' best documentary (Hoop Dreams or The Interrupters would have that title), but a love letter to a man who loved movies. It was fascinating to see this man through his writing, through the movies he loved, the woman he loved, and through the disability and disease that claimed him. It's a rote documentary, but it's beautiful and heartfelt.

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Feb, 2014

    That it's ingenious, ridiculous, and funny is beside the point. That it ends up being poignant and even meta in its own right is what surprised me. While it's not brilliant, it brings out its concept perfectly and has enough voice cameos to start its own spin off. Animation is already off to a better start this year than 2013.

  • The Price of Gold

    The Price of Gold 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Feb, 2014

    Ultimately it ends up being a bit of sham story against Harding, but I don't think it's the filmmaker's fault. I think it's Harding herself; the film shows her personality: the no-costs, no-bull, no apologies, no culpability type woman she is. The film feels slightly manipulative in that sense, but we come to understand her and that we still don't really know (and never will) what happened is what makes this work best. So many facts and opinions are presented,…