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  • Lovelace

    Lovelace 2013

    ★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2016

    "Lovelace," starring Amanda Seyfried as one-time adult film icon, Linda Lovelace, is a watchable but, ultimately, vanilla biopic. Seyfried turns in a sometimes-powerful performance, but that performance alone is not enough to elevate Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film.

    Following Lovelace's rise from suburban young woman to adult film star, the narrative seems built on the same formula that guides most cinematic biographies of celebrities: would-be celeb rises from nothing, would-be celeb becomes a full-fledged celeb, and would-be celeb crashes…

  • Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything 2014

    ★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2016

    A light-toned drama about a young woman, her men, and her blog, Allison Burnett's "Ask Me Anything" begins well. It is a smart, sexually charged, and mostly genuine look at life and love. Though it is not able to bear out its charming and frank sensibilities through to its out-of-left-field climax, the film makes for a watchable and sometimes enjoyable experience.

    Britt Robertson stars as a recent High School graduate who writes a blog under a pen name detailing her…

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  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 39

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2015 26

    "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
    With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.

    Chazelle's story is built around Miles…