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  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Mar, 2015

    Creative liberties a-plenty. Except some shots of horribly colour-graded CGI (I have a feeling they over-CGI'd a lot of this trilogy) it's really really well made, amazingly designed. Also well acted, with a notable exception. I do however have to admit my bias against Tauriel and her entire side-story. I'll save pointing out the most cringeworthy/offensive additions until the review that will follow my second viewing, whenever that will be. For what it's worth, this movie lacks nothing. All the…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Feb, 2015

    Finally over the slight resentment I had towards this film, but I don't see anything that redeems it in the second viewing. There are a lot of small mistakes, like how Thorin, who is older than Dwalin and Balin, looks extremely young, how Orcrist and Glamdring never glow, Gollum's caves being too bright, how far the eagles fly them not making sense with the map, and Azog being a "Gundabad orc" and not from Moria, and not dying at the…

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  • 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 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…