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  • Beyond the Lights 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw: I quite like you.
    Sometimes its nice to see a black man & black woman romance.
    Yeah baby yeah
    I enjoy seeing romance from a minority perspective, like not just black people, but others as well. Okay so I like the white romantic films too, but come on there's enough of that floating around.
    A cautionary tale of fame. A woman that reminds me very much of Rihanna is becoming a victim of her own fame. fame is something…

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Added

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

    Fun action flick, that actually builds a nice sandbox for its characters to play in. On one hand its clichéd, but does a better job at setting up its world than most similar films do. Great soundtrack that matches the frenetic goings on.
    A few issues persists, its time to build better bad guys, with better motives. Something to address in the sequel.
    And there's no way he would have let that female assassin live.
    Overall I say don't miss John Wick.

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Greatness at what cost?
    I'm sure treating a person like that doesn't instill greatness, because they lose as much or more than they gain. Ofcourse not that extreme, but I feel like I speak from personal experience :]

    I hated the instructor so much it was hard for me to like the film.
    I can't fathom why anyone would allow themselves to be treated in this manner as an adult. So I was disgusted by most of it. Of course…

  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★★ Added

    " You let her go out of the house dressing like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver"
    I like Mark Ruffalo enough, but here it looks like he hasn't bathed in 30 plus years. Like someone transported him from the caveman era to now and forgot to tell him. Maybe he was shooting a movie while filming this one "The adventures of unkempt man" Does he have a no soap clause in his contract. I mean Keira Knightley has a mouth…

  • Near Dark 1987

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Feb, 2015

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

    AH great and knowledgeable Americanguy can you please tell us about this film?
    Americanguy:I will grant each of you one question.
    Audience: why do they call it Near Dark?
    AG: Because the main character gets very close to becoming a vampire, at the twelfth hour he chooses his real family over the newly acquired vampire family.
    Audience: If Homer is an old man would not Calebs sister be too young for him?
    AG: Well yeah, but he kills people on…

  • Four Seasons 2014

    ★★★ Added

    A guy comes up with a plan to meet the "right'' woman. Not having any luck in that area myself I decided I'd check this out. So he dates a woman for each season. Three black women, one of which includes Robin Givens(always had a crush on her for some reason) and a white woman. The white woman is absolutely nuts, but that relationship probably provides the funniest moments, as she's shallow, racist without knowing it and "great in bed"…

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2015

    The first rating that popped in my head for this was 4, but then it reached that state that only some films seem to get with me. Its like a feeling of endless watchability. I could just keep watching and learning more and listening to these people discuss the topic of films, Ebert, so I was like I have to give this a 5. I really think they did a good job of showing he was human and flawed and his humor. "If you think of any of the films people truly love you will find something profound in them."

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Its like a really deranged Peter Parker, who has no spider powers decided to become a nightly news videographer. I wanted to disappear into the Gyllenhaal performance, but I couldn't. I don't think it felt as subtle as it should have, more like someone putting on an act. I'd preferred more like Ryan Gosling in Drive.

    This is definitely interesting enough to see what happens next and I get the psychology of the film, the media is evil. The guy…

  • The Judge 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Oddly paced tearjerker with great central performances from Duvall and Downey.

  • The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    You know what first made me want to see this, it was the poster I'll admit. I've always had this thing about reversal and turning things upside down. This can be found in my edited videos.

    This film did make me think of a lot of things. One of which was sort of unexpectedly the difference between love and compatibility, and the idea of being in love with someone you are not really compatible with, scary stuff.

    The next thing…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★½ Added

    Lets just get one of the biggest issues out the way first, while watching this I had the urge to stop and go watch Burtons Batman like the whole first hour.

    Before watching Birdman I suspected I would love it. Now it’s pushed me toward Boyhood as Oscar winner. A film I did not fully care for. The shame is that there’s a good premise buried within this film. I wish it was approached with the integrity, truth, heart and…

  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 2014

    ★★ Added

    These films just don't work for me. The last film is a bad rip off of better movies, but ends well. This film starts out hilarious with a black humor seen in films like Toxic Avenger and Hobo With a Shotgun, but becomes repetitive and boring quickly. I'd suggest that he hand the writing duty over to someone else and stick to directing. This actually has a bit more gore than I like and I like a bit of gore,…