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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2016

    So many reviews saying this is masterfully shot, acted, scored, designed, and everything else, yet giving it low scores because it "doesn't go anywhere"? Are that many people just trying to be the cool contrarian here? I for one am delighted to see a new big movie that isn't obviously trying to set up sequels or cash in on existing brands. Watching this movie I felt I was watching the art of filmmaking. The sweeping tense shots near the beginning…

  • 28 Days Later...

    28 Days Later... 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Jan, 2016

    Sad how low quality the digital versions are, but it's a side effect of how they had to shoot the film. It was less exciting than I remembered, but the ending battle was good even though it stretched the boundaries of disbelief. I like how Jim's first thought was to scavenge food and drink, and this also being a motif later on. That kind of logic is often missing from characters in these movies.

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  • Red State

    Red State 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2012

    First of all, I would encourage people curious about the movie to watch it as it's very difficult to review without mildly spoiling some unexpected bits.

    Red State is extremely confrontational and somewhat disquieting. Some will say it changes focus and is unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, but I appreciated the unexpected turns and it kept me on my toes. Michael Parks delivered a minblowing performance, and I can't honestly say any other actors brought it…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    Just finished watching it and the rhythm is still resonating through my body. I'm typing to that rhythm right now. The music in this movie blew my mind.

    This is the kind of movie that is going to be remembered.

    It starts off awkward, then it gets intense, then the intensity steps up. And then it steps up again. Then it goes so far you have no idea what's going to happen. By the end, I was prepared for it…