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  • 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.

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2014

    Imagine a sequel that takes the format of the original Sin City, amps up the goofiness a notch, instills more visual creativity with its storyboarding, and alters the cast a bit to take out the weak strands while incorporating more scenery chewing actors. That sequel is Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and it somehow comes together well.

    It's still just as emotionally hollow with wannabe Noir dialogue like the first film, yet the even more exaggerated and silly tone works without ever becoming too serious like the first film did.

    Eva Green and Powers Boothe own the hell out of this.

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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.…