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  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2014

    The titular John Wick's journey through his grief takes the form of loads of kickass fight scenes and dog ownership. John Wick proves that Keanu Reeves is still a capable action star and that the action movie genre can still provide the same sort of thrills as its golden age (the 1980s). Tonally, John Wick manages to balance the hammy cheese and the serious moments with the same gravitas as the best action films of the past. Not only is it fun, but it looks great with its modernist set design combined and completely controlled cinematography.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    Before watching Birdman I heard a comparison of it to and it's impossible to shake it it now.

    Like other films that garnered this comparison (Adaptation and Stardust Memories), Birdman focuses on "celebrity" and the expectations one has after their previous work. Birdman in particular is primarily concerned with the concept that instead of "I think, therefore I am" it is "They think of me, therefore I am". If you base your perception on how others think of you,…

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  • Stoker 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker's subject matter without making it feel gratuitous. Chan-wook Park somehow manages to handle Stoker's deeply disturbing material, but makes it so beautiful. I had not expected to be as put-off by some of the material in this film, but because it is all handled with such grace I found it a lot easier to get over.

    There is a predator/prey motif apparent in Stoker that is very…

  • Total Recall 2012

    ★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2012 9

    If I never saw the other Total Recall, I might have really REALLY enjoyed this, but I did see the 1990 version so I knew this wouldn't be as good. I didn't want to compare it to it, but all the not-so-subtle references to the superior classic just kept on bringing me back to the Verhoeven's adaptation. In fact, I found that most of the time I was excited because I was waiting for the next reference to the other…