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  • 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…

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2012 38

    Part of The December Project: Film #70

    Snappy Dialogue with lots of profanity?
    Check.

    Anachronistic pop songs?
    Check.

    An attempt to emulate Sergio Leone and Jean Luc Godard?
    Check.

    Loads of cameos from various notable B actors and lower?
    Check

    Gratuitous violence?
    Check

    A wicked sense of humor?
    Check.

    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

    **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.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    Watched 04 Oct, 2014 3

    This review reportedly contains 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

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    Watched 31 Jul, 2014 6

    I'm really confused on how I feel about this one.

    On the one hand, it IS the weirdest film Marvel has done to date, and it does completely sell its outlandish idea. On the other hand it also keeps holding itself back and insists on making fun of itself instead of going as all out as it can.

    Which I guess is as much as we're gonna get for now. This was never going to be an easy sell in…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    Rewatched 16 Aug, 2014 4

    After sitting through the pathetic excuse of a film that was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I felt the need to wash the bad taste out of mouth. I hunted the cinema showings for a decent film that would at least make me forget that I had been cinematically assaulted. Lucy's showings had already dissipated into early morning/late evening showings that didn't work out. I wasn't about to risk getting even angrier by seeing Expendables 3, and the other films playing…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    Watched 19 Dec, 2013 29

    Fucking Benihana.

    Some initial rambling thoughts and notes for a future more coherent review:

    -Jordan Belfort makes Calvin Candie look like a pleasant guy to be around.

    -This film makes The Departed look like a Disney movie.

    -"Two time Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill"

    -"That Rob Reiner guy should act more."

    -Never thought I'd hear a Foo Fighters song in a Scorsese film, nevermind one that actually really fits.

    -It'll be interesting to see how the mass public reacts to…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    Rewatched 19 Jan, 2014 10

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

    Martin Scorsese is God.

    I don't mean this in the hyperbolic sense that heightens an artist to an absurd realm, although Scorsese certainly is extremely talented. I mean this in the sense that in the context of The Wolf Of Wall Street, Scorsese plays as God against Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort. The Wolf of Wall Street is most definitely a story of greed, addiction, and pure unfiltered hedonism at the cost of others, but it's also about the rise of…

  • 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…

  • 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…