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  • The Boxtrolls 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Oct, 2014

    Laika's latest is another technical leap forward for stop motion animation. so seamless at times you forget about how its made while still marveling at the images. It's very dry and as cute as a steampunky sensibility can get.

    It also has underlying themes of identity all over the place that are likely to spur some thinkpieces in favor and against it. On one hand the adoption of the main character and the journey he goes through, being told he…

  • Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2014

    Theatrical cut.

    Rewatched for Soundtrack of Your Life episode 6, coming next week on rowthree.com

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012

    ★★½ Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    ...and then this one comes along and it actually tempts me to give it a pass. Definitely entertaininge, and more often on purpose than for anything approaching hatewatch purposes. Condon directs these actors quite well actually, Vampire Bella is a hell of a lot more interesting than her old self, now essentially feral, and in the end this is Vampire X-Men. The pace is actually strong, the awful narration is kept to a minimum, and there are a decent amount of striking visuals and at long last smart use of the heavily curated Twilight soundtracks.

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 2011

    ★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    It isn't until this film, where Bill Condon comes along to direct, do these movies start to become watchable. It helps that Bella is sidelined for a good chunk of it. Barely anything happens in this movie until the end though, which I have to say is a pretty fun scene on its own merits.

  • Storm the Animated Movie 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    animated short of a Tim Minchin poem

  • Pawn Sacrifice 2014

    ★★½ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    #TIFF14

    The latest from Edward Zwick is a mess whose story thankfully manages to stay entertaining despite over the top, hammy direction. It's one of those biopic occasions where a Ron Howard is in order.

    Tobey Maguire plays Bobby Fischer as if he is CM Punk, arrogant, brash, demanding, but also clever, private and paranoid. It's a solid performance but a hard one to rally around, even despite Sarsgaard and Stuhlberg in amicable supporting roles.

    This is one of those…

  • What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    #TIFF14

    Really maybe more a 3.75 but I am feeling more good about this one than upon leaving the theater, and expect to grow to love more in the future.

    What We Do In The Shadows is a Kiwi mockumentary about vampires, and it stars Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. With that sentence alone you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect. There are really only a few vampire-based gags to keep going to, however this…

  • Men, Women & Children 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    #TIFF14

    Like M. Night Shyamalan at least used to be, Jason Reitman is a very good filmmaker with unrealistic aspirations to be one of the very best, and there's something about both of them that apparently make people want to slap them, hard, when they overreach. Know your role, and shut your mouth.

    Caveat emptor: I've enjoyed all of his films, including the (IMO misunderstood) Labor Day, and of all of them it was Juno that I had the hardest…

  • Pitch Perfect 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Aug, 2014

    www.rowthree.com/2014/09/06/soundtrack-of-your-life-5-pitch-perfect/

    Recorded a full podcast on the soundtrack and stories around it.

  • The Last 5 Years 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    TIFF 2014:

    It's a musical, and it's a musical with NON-STOP SINGING, and it's shot with a lot of closeups and swinging motions that like Hooper's Les Miserables intends to punch you in the face with feelings, so I'm already thoroughly un-shocked at the range of responses this far. Based on a popular off-Broadway play, this film which I chose expecting some fun romp is actually a thoroughly cathartic look at how people change and things go wrong when they…

  • Secrets of War 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    TIFF 2014:

    A WWII movie somehow programmed into TIFF's "Kids" package. Based on a young adult novel, three friends of different backgrounds find themsevles forced at a crossroads, eventually betrayal, because of their background/family loyalties. Sensitively directed with some of the best child acting you could hope for. I was extremely tired going into this one, anticipating an expensive TIFF nap, but was very much drawn in. Worth seeking out.

  • A Good Old Fashioned Orgy 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    Surprisingly decent, built for lazy afternoon Netflix. Simple premise, more light-hearted than one would expect, with a solid cast.