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  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★½ Added

    The Dark Knight has all ready set numerous box office records and has been pretty much universally praised as not only a great super hero movie but one of best films of the year. In my opinion it is the best film of the year and here are a few reasons why. (Don't worry if you haven't seen the film yet this e-mail is 100% spoiler free.)

    Some have pointed to the death of Heath Ledger and the fact that…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner 1982

    ★★★★ Added

    Blade Runner's influence on modern cinema is incalculable. The look, a mix of futuristic tech and classic noir, has become a touchstone for most science fiction productions. Ridley Scott's attention to detail has never been more apparent than it is here. Even things you would never in a million years would see in the frame were made up and included, just to give an extra level of reality to the piece.

    On a technical level, the craft is impeccable. The…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan 2010

    ★★★½ Added

    Darren Aronofsky's trippy, hallucinatory, sexual and psychological opus moves to its own intense rhythm. It defies expectation and busts convention while embracing Douglas Sirk levels of melodrama. Working from a deceptively simple script written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, Aronofsky continues to dives into the world of the human psyche. Whether he's dealing with genius ("Pi"), drug abuse ("Requiem for a Dream") or aging dreams of athletic glory long gone ("The Wrestler") Aronofsky concentrates on character allowing…

  • Psycho

    Psycho 1960

    ★★★★★ Added

    Hitchcock broke innumerable rules with his first entry in the horror genre. The film's lead abruptly changes from Leigh to Perkins, with early scenes of a foolish rich braggart and a suspicious policeman proving to be red herrings. The film opens with an unmarried couple in a sleazy motel room (very risque in 1960) and was the first film to show a flushing toilet. Touches of Hitchcock's black humor are spread throughout the film. There's also the shop customer who…

  • World War Z

    World War Z 2013

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2013

    WORLD WAR Z isn't so much scary as it is a big, epic-sized action-adventure zombie spectacle with some strikingly good, super-fluid CG compositions. It’s basically a globe-sprawling, much more expensive 28 DAYS LATER with a scruffy, broad-shouldered movie star running around attempting to solve the riddle. The zombies are like termites or locusts, a plague of biblical proportions. Plus I can't help to think that the film would have played better with a R rating. Basically an OK time at the movies.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

    ★★★½ Added

    Does the world need another adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? Probably not. After all there all ready exists a Swedish language miniseries that was trimmed for theatrical release that made over $100 million worldwide and featured a searing performance by Noomi Rapace. But Americans hate subtitles so an English language version was inevitable. Luckily the task was given to director David Fincher. While the material is not fresh, thanks to the phenomenal performances and…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life 2011

    ★★★½ Added

    Terrence Malick's latest opus "The Tree of Life" has split movie going audiences into two camps. The walkouts who have little patience for the type of arty, obscure film-making on display and the excessively appreciative acolyte who thrill to have a reprise from the summer mindless blockbuster. The story is simplicity itself, something that is perhaps obscured for some by the nonlinear approach. what appears to be its alien approach: Architect Jack O'Brien (Sean Penn) experiences the anniversary of his…

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy conclude their Before trilogy on a high note with BEFORE MIDNIGHT. The film tackles subjects many marriage and serious relationship in the history of post-’60s Western culture has had to deal with including the comfort of knowing your partner really, really well, the need to accept (and hopefully celebrate) all that he/she is, persistent divorced-parent guilt, the onset of pudgy bods and middle-aged sexuality, dashed expectations vs. the acceptance of real-deal trust and bonding,…

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966

    ★★★★½ Added

    Stylish, stylized, amoral, and brutally violent, Sergio Leone's final chapter of his Man With No Name Trilogy "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is a stunning, intoxicating masterpiece. Leone's depictions of a world full of rough, selfish individuals devoid of morality fascinate the viewer with its visual appeal. Leone shifts form extremely tight shots of his characters' eyes and harsh or terrified faces to sweeping, awe inspiring images of vast, barren landscapes. The actions of the characters moving through…

  • The King's Speech

    The King's Speech 2010

    ★★★★ Added

    At it's heart, director Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" is an old-fashioned buddy movie. The Duke of York, second son to King George V, is not expected to become king, and thankfully so, because he is afflicted with a stammer. On the other hand is Lionel Logue, an Australian immigrant and speech therapist, an eccentric who loves Shakespeare and has odd ideas about how to cure his patients. The film bears all the trappings of a typical, Oscar-bait, Masterpiece Theater-type…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010

    ★★★½ Added

    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" begins the conclusion to the wizard's saga. The seventh book in author J.K. Rowling's magical opus has been chopped into two feature films to properly tell the story, and capture some additional box office dollars. The movies have become Cliff Notes versions of the novels, providing the proper plot while lacking the shading and detail present in Rowling's writing. Director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves use the additional time to concentrate on the…

  • Batman

    Batman 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 May, 2012

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

    The Caped Crusader had a pretty rough journey to the silver screen. The idea for a Batman film was conceived in 1979 after the massive success of Richard Donner's "Superman: The Motion Picture" starring Christopher Reeve in the iconic role. The issue at the time was the supposed tone of the film. By this time, the comic book version of Batman was somewhat darker than the campy 1960s television version. The studio could not decide which direction the film would…