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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jun, 2014

    An enchanting story about among other things the persistence of an eroding "civilized" culture. In the tradition of Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel is not short of beautiful color palettes, detailed nostalgic settings/props/costumes, single-point perspective, tracking shots, and understated humor. Furthermore, the characters resemble the familiar complex template of simultaneously detached yet loyal, pretentious yet humble, and acting with honesty/loyalty while being a breath away from operating under thinly veiled pragmatic and self-serving agendas. Of course this is all caringly packaged with the ever-pervading charm of an intricate child-like play and with an adventurous pace that sustains the audience's attention.

  • Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    Similar to the style of Carruth's previous film Primer, Upstream Color is a science fiction film with fairly lofty themes acted minimally via a cast of few actors that unlike most sci-fi films of similar complexity refuses to explain itself through dialogue. Because of the nonverbal nature of these films and the use of metaphoric cinematography and heavy symbolism it is difficult to precisely capture the ideas being conveyed; however, this mystical style seems substantiated by a consistent plot and…

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  • The Samurai 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2012

    The french crime drama was a very well put together specimen of the genre. I can certainly see how modern equivalents such as Drive could have been inspired by this film, especially considering the style and cool which is imbued by the characters and setting. The plot is clever, and furthermore everything about this film seems restrained and honest. The relationships, dialogue, action scenes, etc. have precise development that kept me attentive throughout the entire movie, but without overstepping the bounds of the film.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2014

    Simply put this movie is a ride-- from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows with seamless transitions set to superb cinematography, acting, and musical scores. I think that the best movies are not just the carriers of the personalities and themes which they depict, but embodiments; and this is one of them.