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  • Along Came a Spider 2001

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015 2

    Elevated by the presence of Morgan Freeman, Lee Tamahori's "Along Came a Spider" is a solid but routine crime thriller. Focusing on Alex Cross, the brilliant profiler, the film follows as Cross and company take on kidnappers who have targeted a prep school. The film follows typical plot beats, but, as Cross, Freeman keeps things compelling.

    A mystery revolving around the abduction of a Senator's daughter, the narrative does enough to engage its audience. Predictable patches alternate with solid thrills,…

  • The Interview 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Veering from smart and satirical to ribald and rude, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's "The Interview" is a surprisingly enjoyable comedy. The film, the subject of international fervor upon its cancelled theatrical release, is a fast-moving, engaging, and committedly performed romp that is at its best when it is at its wittiest but still entertains when it sinks to the lower levels of comedy.

    Revolving around a talk-show duo who are invited to North Korea to interview the nation's leader,…

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  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 31

    "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.

  • Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Dec, 2014 12

    Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Loneliness. Longing. Rage. Whimsy. Exuberance. Love. In the space of 90 or so minutes, Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic drama observes all of these moods, emotions, and movements. Like an allegory of the mind and heart, Anderson's put-upon everyman communicates these shades while the film captures life's mental, emotional journey though the narrative lens of a single character and the stylistic canvas of a remarkable film.

    On the surface, "Punch-Drunk Love" is about a business man whose life…