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  • The Signal

    The Signal 2014

    ★★★ Added

    The Signal is moderately effective as an action movie but spins out around a shallow plot. It did have a few cute twists and I caught a few homages to 2001 (the pureed food tray, hazmat/space suit bathed in red light, and jonah pounding ground like an ape), but ultimately not fulfilling as a story.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    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.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    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.

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï 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.