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  • The Shallows

    The Shallows 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2016

    The Shallows has such rich and foreboding images of the ocean that it is a shame that the film is, essentially, book ended by an uninspired surfing music video and an unnecessarily expository ending because the whole meat of the film is so gritty, real, and painful. The uncompromising sound effects work, coupled with the beautifully grim cinematography, turns what could have been a simple genre film into something brutal.

  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Describing the plot of Five Easy Pieces to my roommate made it sound cynical and vaguely misanthropic. I mean, Jack Nicholson tries both the blue-collar hardworking lifestyle and the high class intellectual lifestyle and decides they're both fucking bullshit. It does almost come off as a big "fuck you" to everyone but this one loner archetype, but the definition of a loner requires one to be alone. Its easy to see the desperation and empathize with Jack Nicholson's Bobby trying…

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  • Stoker

    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…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.