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  • The Train 1964

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    For some reason, I've been trying to pick out one single great aspect of John Frankenheimer's The Train, but honestly, this film is great everything. It's a masterfully shot, directed and acted piece of filmmaking. The train crashes are exciting and visceral, but if you get tired of those (though with this kind of mastery behind the lens, I don't see how you could), Frankenheimer takes some scenes that would seem kind of pedestrian on paper (a couple of guys painting the roof of a train car, Burt Lancaster disassembling a railroad, etc.), but are unbearably tense on the screen.

  • Need for Speed 2014

    Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    It stinks!

    One star for the American Graffiti shout-out. Otherwise, oof.

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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2013

    During 2012, there was more than one instance of a renowned film critic declaring the death of cinema. But I think it’s safe to say that while Quentin Tarantino is making films as great as Django Unchained, we can dispose of any such notion. There’s a lot to say about Tarantino’s epic dissection of slavery, but simply put, Django Unchained is cinema through and through.

    To not put it simply, with this film, Tarantino cements his position as modern cinema’s…

  • Chronicle 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 02 May, 2012 4

    I like CHRONICLE, I really do. But I bet had it not been done in the found footage format, I would have loved it. It's an original superhero story mashed with CARRIE and with just the right amount of Amblin spirit mixed in. And the gimmicky aesthetic just damn near ruins it. I'll give director Josh Trank some credit for cleverly going around the limitations of the format, especially in the end, but all that effort just begs the question…