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  • Milius 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    Screenwriter, director, and self-described Zen Anarchist, John Milius always cut a contradictory figure to Hollywood's left-leaning base of creative power. Profiled in "Milius," the man who wrote "Apocalypse Now," the USS Indianapolis speech in "Jaws," and directed "Conan the Barbarian" is portrayed as an artist cut from the same University of Southern California cloth as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, but one formed from different political stuff.

    Tracing Milius's career trajectory from USC film student to maverick writer/director, the documentary…

  • The Secret Village 2013

    Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    "The Secret Village" one of those films that will make any self-respecting viewer cry out, "What is this thing?" at least once during its running time. The story of a journalist researching poisonings in a Massachusetts community, the film is ill-conceived, poorly executed, and unintentionally funny. It is a mostly unwatchable stew of lousy filmmaking and amateurish storytelling.

    Ali Faulkner and Jonathan "Aaron Samuels!" Bennet star as two people thrown together for no discernible reason as one of them researches…

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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.

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2012 8

    From the opening Warner Brothers logo, to its end credits, "Argo" is a fully-engrossing and remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking. Director Ben Affleck assembles a film that pays attention to the smallest of details while delivering on a grand dramatic scale.

    With both cinematography that adds a patina of grain to its naturalistic color palette and the film's immersive design details, the look of "Argo" is historically appropriate and eye-catching. The cast, led by a stoic Affleck and more-than-solid turns…