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  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2014

    An exercise in mood in every way from the putrid yellow color grading to Jake Gyllenhaal's ability to express the intense paranoia from both personas. Denis Villeneuve is so firm with maintaining the unnerving mood that it completely carries the film along with Gyllenhaal's excellent performance.

    The ideas and motifs explored here definitely play a part in why this film worked for me as well as it does too, but it's almost too lean for its own good. I would…

  • Coherence 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    Creates a palpable sense of paranoia with a really solid ensemble cast on a minuscule budget. Just wish it had a better editor.

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  • The Sacrifice 1986

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    The questioning of faith and loss of innocence were reoccurring motifs in Tarkovsky's filmography, but the use of them were never as distressingly gloomy and urgent as they are in his final film, The Sacrifice. Tarkovsky knew how to go out with a bang and my god did he nail it.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both and there you have... a pretty basic story wrapped in a seemingly more ambitious outer shell. Not only are the humans dull, but the apes are similarly plain despite the larger focus. The post apocalyptic America looks great on the surface, but the script doesn't do much in the way of worldbuilding to create a sense of place. It's just not what this film is trying to do.…