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  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jun, 2015 1

    It takes Neill Blomkamps' "Chappie" almost ninety minutes to become something really interesting. Up to that point, the science fiction film labors as a tone-shifting rehash of "RoboCop" featuring an underused Hugh Jackman and a strangely robotic Dev Patel. Solid special effects and a funky South African cadence add color, but the film can not seem to find its own way.

    As the work moves into its finale, however, it finally begins to gel. Its atypical thematic rhythms begin to…

  • Out of the Dark

    Out of the Dark 2014

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2015

    A sometimes interesting, mostly unremarkable horror film, Lluis Quilez's "Out of the Dark" attempts to combine supernatural chills with a tale of industrial terror. Neither element is truly effective, but the film still manages to be watchable. It may not be great, but "Out of the Dark" is not a failure.

    The plot of the film revolves around a young family that, after relocating to Colombia, starts to witness strange events tied its new home's history. Ghostly echoes from the…

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  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 36

    "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…