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  • Palo Alto 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    This is the kind of film White Bird in a Blizzard wishes it was. It's a teen drama that depicts its subjects with equal parts concern, disdain, and admiration. The two protagonists - April and Teddy - actually develop throughout the course of the film, and the audience is able to watch their growing maturity in the face of immature situations with a moderate level of concern. It's not the best coming-of-age film, as its narrative is pretty thin, and…

  • 22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    An improvement on everything 21 Jump Street was. Better writing, better jokes, and better performances. It's also deliciously self aware, even moreso than the first film. My only complaints about the film itself are that it references the fact that its plot is near-identical to the last movie's a little bit too often, and the film itself could have been edited a little tighter, as the runtime feels a little too long. Other than these gripes, 22 Jump Street is a great comedy that solidifies this series as a valid franchise.

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  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    There are few words to describe The Cabin in the Woods other than the greatest of adjectives: phenomenal, innovative, and inspiring come to mind. This works not just as a horror movie, but as a comedy, drama, and even a philosophical expression of art. It also does this without offending or desecrating the legacy of any of these genres. This movie is a glorious combination of everything that there is to be loved about horror movies, and even more. It is an exceptional film, and the best horror movie I've ever seen.

  • Chinatown 1974

    ★★★★ Rewatched 30 Apr, 2014 1

    Chinatown is a great noir film with what I would consider now to be one of my favorite Jack Nicholson roles. Other than Nicholson and Faye Dunaway the performances are average, but the soundtrack alternates from classic noir to mostly-thriller-but-nearly-horror atmospheric elements, and the narrative is surprisingly easy to follow for a noir film, without sacrificing good writing in the process. Starting off slow but building gradually and becoming far more interesting as the film progresses, the narrative and its…