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  • The Green Inferno

    The Green Inferno 2013

    ★½ Watched 26 Oct, 2016

    Eli Roth's homage to cannibal horror films of decades past, "The Green Inferno," is an ill-executed, politically irresponsible piece of work whose thrills are cancelled out by its overall lack of quality. Poor acting, laughable scripting, and an anti-activist/anti-indigenous/anti-taste bent reduce the film's capable horror moments to rubbish.

    Tracking a group of college-aged activists on a misguided trip to the rain forest, "The Green Inferno" follows as the young women and men are beset by a corporate militia and hungry…

  • [REC]

    [REC] 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Oct, 2016

    Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's "[Rec]" is masterful horror. Intense, brutal, frightening, and chillingly entertaining, the Spanish-language horror film is a thrillingly constructed cinematic nightmare. It is a near-brilliant and completely riveting experience.

    Taking place in a multi-level apartment building, "[Rec]" follows a two-person television crew on a ride-along with a fire company. Responding to a call at the apartment building, the crew and company find themselves locked in the building as terror begins to unfold. With the residents turning…

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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…