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  • Door to Door 2014

    Watched 27 Oct, 2014 1

    I've seen worse student films.

    That's not a compliment, by the way.


    Okay, you know what? That's not fair. If this was my film I'd want some constructive criticism.

    I understand you guys had 48 hours and a 0 budget, but it's really no excuse for a film that is this inept at storytelling. You have a concept, it starts, and then your movie is over. That's it. There's nothing to linger on. I learned nothing about these characters,…

  • John Wick 2014

    Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    John Wick's wife is dead. John Wick only has car left. John Wick now has dog. John Wick's car and dog are taken from him. John Wick is angry. John Wick will now kill people.

    That's pretty much John Wick, the movie.

    But it works. It's old school bare bones action with a new age aesthetic. It's rather interesting to watch a post Bourne action thriller where the story is so simple that the logline actually tells you all you…

  • Fury 2014

    Watched 18 Oct, 2014 3

    I've often talked about how WWII movies, along with sports films, are the easiest to make. The world building is pretty much already there, you know who the good guys and the bad guys are, and any moral relativity is pretty easy to play with afterwards. Usually all WWII movies from an American perspective have the same structure: Men have mission, men go on mission, some men die in mission, a few survive, mission accomplished.

    While the approach that "War…

  • Window Water Baby Moving 1959

    Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    So much to dissect here. The quiet intimacy of a couple combined with the cold and clinical nature of birth. An ephemeral moment(s?) and the big day that no one will forget. The cycle of life in two distinct scenes, all meshed together in one. Brakhage was born, his daughter Myrenna is born, and now he is dead. His circle ends. Another begins.

  • Gone Girl 2014

    Watched 04 Oct, 2014 3

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Oculus 2013

    Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Obvious Child 2014

    Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    I like Jenny Slate. I don't like this movie.

    Slate has a nice and unique presence to her. Like a modern day female Woody Allen that's not trying to actively be Woody Allen (*cough*FrancesHa*cough*). I would really like to see her in other movies that are actually interesting and funny without having to rely on her.

    However, if I could go another day without seeing an indie film with these kind of sensibilities that I swear are a dime a…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    Watched 26 Sep, 2014 2


    About 10 years ago, I was the perfect age for Frank Miller. I was 16. I was angry. I wanted to be macho. The only thing I thought about women was how hot they are. When Sin City came out, it was my thing. I loved it. I breathed it. I savored its violence and tits. I'm pretty sure when it finally came out on DVD I watched it over a dozen times in a single week.

    And then…

  • Night Moves 2014

    Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    So this is what a Kelly Reichardt film is like! Why didn't you all say so earlier! I would have been on board from the first place. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

    This film is pretty awesome, and Reichardt is a technical master. There's this typical thing most festival movies do where they drag on obfuscating really important narrative for some resemblance of ambiguity. Not Reichardt's film. She drops you in mid story and lets you…

  • To Be or Not To Be 1942

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    That fucking Lubitsch touch, yo.

    I don't know where to start with this. I wanted to just leave a quote from this but there's far too many to choose from in this. I could talk about Lubitsch as one of the greatest directors who ever lived but he's the kind of guy I just can't pin down in words (his films really just speak for themselves). I was also going to talk about the nature of comedy but I'm saving…

  • The Last Laugh 1924

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    I don't have a Top 100 at hand or even in my mind, but I'm sure if I ever got around to making one this would be on it. Amazing expressionistic filmmaking that also happens to be one of the saddest films I've ever seen. Perhaps also acts as an allegory (and forewarning) of Post-War Germany, but the story here works on other levels as well.

  • The Fugitive 1993

    Watched 18 Sep, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    The only way this could have been better is if John McTiernan directed it.

    Which isn't to say anything is wrong with Davis' direction here. On the contrary, only an action filmmaker could have made a film as lean and effective as this. It's a film that doesn't stop moving, partly due to David Twohy's intelligent script, but also due to the precise filmmaking on hand. Every scene is purposeful, and subsequently everything is…