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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    Watched 16 May, 2015 1

    If you listen closely you can hear me screaming "Holy shit" over and over again.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    Rewatched 24 May, 2015

    Gonna start going around and yelling "Witness me!" prior to doing really mundane shit like checking out at the register, or pulling into a parking space.

    Still a great watch in all its genre glory. Features some of the best (live) action sequences I've seen in a film since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    Rewatched 28 Feb, 2016

    leave it to JJ to end a Star Wars film on the ugliest helicopter shot possible.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    Watched 17 Dec, 2015 3

    Fuller and more coherent thoughts to come at a rewatch*, but at first glance: Not bad, Abrams.

    This isn't a great film. It's missing the cinematic spiritualism of the original trilogy, and perhaps that's something sadly only Lucas can ever really bring to this series, which makes this end up as something closer to a Hollywood sanctioned fan film than what made Star Wars the cultural phenomenon it was (and still is, albeit to a lesser extent). But as pure…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    I give up.

    I don't know how to review this film. It's been two months and I still don't know how to talk about this film.

    It's not for a lack of understanding the film itself and how it works and why it works. As far as I'm aware I've kind of contextualized it all. I get it.

    I just don't know if I'm ever going to be able to fully talk about it.

    Because let me tell you guys…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    Watched 05 Nov, 2014 4

    Part I of a Two Part Review

    Nolan's best film by a country mile.

    Which isn't to say this film is amazing by any standard, or even that it is a turly great film. Rather, this is a film finding Nolan pushing his limits as a writer/filmmaker and hitting highs he hasn't reached previously in his career, and the result is a solid, and even in some cases very good film.

    But before we go any further, let's be honest…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2012 38

    Part of The December Project: Film #70

    Snappy Dialogue with lots of profanity?

    Anachronistic pop songs?

    An attempt to emulate Sergio Leone and Jean Luc Godard?

    Loads of cameos from various notable B actors and lower?

    Gratuitous violence?

    A wicked sense of humor?

    Yup. It's a Tarantino film.

    Before I get into the more negative part of my review, I feel as if I should clarify something: I had a blast watching Django Unchained.…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    Watched 16 Jun, 2015 1

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    There's a scene in Django Unchained where Django aims his rifle from a hilltop at a farmer, who is his next intended target on his bounty hunting tour with his teacher/friend Dr. Schultz. The farmer just so happens to have a young son working with him in the field, a scene of pleasant domesticity. Django hesitates, noting his sympathy for not wanting to shoot a father in front of his son. Schultz understands Django's…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jan, 2013 1

    I wasn't looking forward to watching this again in theaters, but to my surprise, not only does it hold up well, but I actually liked it a bit better this time.

    The film is still far too long for its own good, but when you're having some fun, it doesn't matter that much.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    Watched 06 Jan, 2015 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    People who find that the film is endorsing Fletcher's methods are missing the clear signs that Andrew is desperate for acceptance and masculine recognition. From his rude behavior at the dinner table to attacking Fletcher for being dismissed, it's entirely necessary to understand that our protagonist here isn't someone the film wants to succeed but change. In that very essence, the film's ending is a tragedy, born out of Andrew's full submission to Fletcher's ways in spite of his own…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    Watched 13 Nov, 2014 4

    Birdman: Or the Expected Vice of Pretension

    There are two scenes that come to mind as I prepare this review of Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new film.

    The first is a scene somewhere later in the film where Riggan (Michael Keaton) comes up and talks to a theater critic (Lindsay Duncan), who will supposedly make or break his new play with a single review. Keaton tries to play nice, but she isn’t having any of it, and claims she will…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    Watched 04 Oct, 2014 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Lots of critics are calling this Fincher's Psycho or his Eyes Wide Shut or his Marnie or any other various film that relates to Hitchcock or Kubrick, the two names Fincher tends to be associated with.

    You know what this film reminds me more of?

    Twin Peaks.

    From the local town atmosphere to the small bits of satire to the twisted humor and right down to the dreamy and sometimes nightmarish soundtrack, this is the closest thing to Twin Peaks