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  • The Blair Witch Project 1999

    ★★★½ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    A groundbreaking film for both its use of the once-new found footage gimmick and its use of the internet to market both that gimmick and its narrative foundation, "The Blair Witch Project" is worthy of praise. Today, however, that praise should be tempered as the film, while frightening at times, can also be tedious and grating. The experience is a mixed bag of solid horror thrills and unrestrained character-based histrionics.

    Impressive for both its premise and much of its execution,…

  • Cinema Paradiso 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Oct, 2014 4

    As sweeping as the cinematic subjects its celebrates, Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" is a film about friendship, film, love, and loss. Its story is pleasantly simple, its themes are rich and human, and its filmmaking is steady-handed. Beginning buoyantly and ending with an observation on the sadness of letting things slip away, "Cinema Paradiso" is a largely appealing, sometimes lush piece of work.

    The story revolves around a man, Toto, remembering his youth in an Italian town. Reminiscing on a…

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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2014 5

    Somewhere between arty experiment, naturalistic travelogue, morass of allegories, and fetishistic genre bender sits Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Alternately mesmerizing and repellant, rewarding and dull, the film requires patience and open mind. As an experience, it may crash with a resounding thud or soar with scintillating qualities.

    As polarizing as it may be, Glazer's film is audacious piece of work. A methodical portrait of some otherworldy thing experiencing life and humanity in Scotland, the film is light on dialogue…

  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 32

    "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.