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  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2014 4

    Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" is an astonishing piece of work. A film about the subversion of the human soul and the light of hope that buoys that soul no matter the darkness, McQueen harnesses a finely crafted script, an ideal cast, vibrant cinematography, and tension-rich storytelling to create one of the best motion pictures of 2013.

    "12 Years a Slave" recounts a tragic chapter in one of the already-saddest volumes of American history. Freeperson, Solomon Northup, is kidnapped…

  • Patrick 2013

    ★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    Mark Hartley's "Patrick" (aka "Patrick: The Evil Awakens") looks and feels like a slightly tongue-in-cheek tribute to the overwrought horror films of the 1970s. With its brooding atmosphere, near-gothic locations, and half-silly plotting, the film would be at home among the grandiose genre entries made popular forty years ago. Released in 2013, however, the film comes off as almost watchable but a little too ridiculous for its own good.

    A remake of a 1978 film, "Patrick" follows a nurse who…

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  • 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.

  • Back to the Future 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2014

    Beneath the now-iconic blend of plot, performances, music and dialogue that is "Back to the Future," beats the heart of one of filmdom's great adventures. It is a heart that beats robustly with imagination, comedy, and excitement. Robert Zemeckis's comic slice of science fiction adventure is truly one of the most entertaining films ever made.

    The story is well-known: a 17-year-old Marty McFly pilots a time machine from 1985 to 1955, the year his parents were to meet and fall…