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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2013

    "Django Unchained" is Quentin Tarantinos weakest movie to date.

    Considering how insanely high he raised the bar in the past and therefore our expectations, this doesn't necessarily mean that his blaxploitation western is a bad movie. As a matter of fact, it is a very good one and even has quite a few scenes that are superior to some of his earlier work. Taken as a whole, however, I can't come to any other conclusion than the one stated above.…

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2013

    Many words have already been written about Alfonso Cuaróns latest film so I'll try to make it short. Seeing the movie in 3D on an IMAX screen (which I highly recommend) was easily the most immersive movie experience I had in years (probably since "Avatar"). Every technical aspect of "Gravity" is astonishing and if it doesn't win every single technical category there is at the Oscars, I'll be seriously considered with the mental health of the Academy.

    With all the…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2014

    Yes, crime doesn't pay. Yes, drug abuse will make you miserable. Yes, I should condemn the obscene decadence that I just witnessed on screen for the best part of the last three hours.

    But. It. Just. Looks. Like. So. Much. FUCKING. Fun.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 May, 2012

    Joss Whedon is the MAN! He took everything I love about his works - the witty dialogue, the character development, the self-referential jokes - and applied it to the superhero genre - with tremendous success! "The Avengers" is one of the best superhero flicks of all time and already a strong contender for the best movie of 2012.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Mar, 2012

    I finally saw it on the big screen last night and although I knew exactly what was going to happen in every scene, it was an even more impressive experience than my first two viewings. If I could give it six stars, I would!

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2014

    "Her" is first and foremost a remarkable movie. Remarkable, because it manages to evoke such a wide range of emotions while for the most part only showing close-ups of Joaquin Phoenix talking to an invisible Scarlett Johansson (it gets even more remarkable when you learn that "Samantha" was originally voiced by Samantha Morton so Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson never actually interacted during the making of "Her"). Spike Jonze managed to find the perfect balance between romance and satire while…

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Jan, 2013

    While I thought that "The Fighter" was tremendously overrated, "I Heart Huckabees" is still one of my most favorite movies ever so David O. Russell remains in my cool book. I went into Silver Linings Playbook completely unprepared, not expecting much and it simply blew me away. The cast is terrific and the chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper can be felt through the screen. The only thing keeping it from getting a perfect score is the little too…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Dec, 2012

    Sam Mendes delivers the first 007 movie with Daniel Craig as the British spy that isn't ruined by a lame-ass poker scene (Casino Royale) or simply complete and utter crap (Quantum of Solace). It might be too less of a "James Bond flick" for some (what does that even mean?), but I thought there were quite a few nice nods to the Franchise in there plus I'll take it as a more than decent action flick any day. Oh, and Javier Bardem, once again, proves that he's distressingly comfortable in the role of the twisted, psychopathic villain.

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Feb, 2014

    It shouldn't be news to anyone familiar with the works of Steve McQueen that the films of the British director are not for the faint of heart and despite the fact of them being great cinematic achievements, I have yet to get the urge to rewatch either "Hunger" or "Shame".

    It's basically the same phenomenon with "12 Years a Slave" which possesses many of the qualities of its predecessors but unfortunately, it also had quite a lot of scenes that…

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Jan, 2013

    The first movie I watched in 2013 is probably one of the best that came out in 2012. An almost flawlessly directed old school political thriller that balances elements of thriller, drama and comedy with ease. Ben Affleck is on the way to becoming the next Clint Eastwood (there, I said it).

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2014

    I really don't get what all the fuss is about. The trailers had me pretty excited for this one but in the end, the only thing that sets "American Hustle" apart from your run-of-the-mill heist movie are the great performances by its star-studded cast. Other than that, I'd consider it a letdown but it really seems to be hit-or-miss for me when it comes to the films of David O. Russell.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★ Watched 23 Dec, 2012

    After what will forever be known as the "TDKR disaster", I tried to lower my expectations for the first film of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy as much as I could. This turned out to be a wise decision, considering the movie is mildly and entertaining yet highly forgettable. It's basically "The Lord of the Rings" minus most of the distinct and lovable characters as well as the epic story.