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  • Natural Born Killers 1994

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2014 1

    Seldom does one get to watch a film whose imagery is so rich with emotion, color, and thought as Natural Born Killers. I almost want to say that one could watch Natural Born Killers muted and get a rewarding experience, but that would deprive the viewer of the incredible soundtrack. I love all the visual aspects of this. The switching from color to black-and-white, the set designs, the costumes, and the editing. The MTV-esque camera angles, replays, and quick-shots outlast…

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    From what I had heard, I expected Boyhood to be like Forrest Gump, in that Gump was Baby Boomers: Greatest Hits and Boyhood would be Millennials: Greatest Hits. In a way, Boyhood is sort of a mixtape of the pop culture from 2002 to now, but the film transcends the "oh I remember that" moments and the best and most memorable bits become the "I identify with that" moments.

  • Spider-Man 3 2007

    ★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2014

    Spider-Man 3 sort of gives credence to screenwriter Max Landis's proposal that Peter Parker is a narcissistic bully. Following the events of Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man becomes nearly universally loved by New York. Pete think's his future's pretty bright and this causes him to be confident in himself for once. This is the "power" that comes with the responsibility. Peter learns not to be egocentric and petulant in Spider-Man 3 the same way he learns that he must use his powers…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    Holding out on giving this five stars until the I see this again next week.

    Guardians of the Galaxy is, as my brother told me at the end of the film, Hellboy meets Star Wars and I agree wholeheartedly. All three films are about a ragtag band of heroes trying to stop the big bad. What sets Guardians of the Galaxy apart is the same thing that set Hellboy and Star Wars apart from the films before them; they've got…

  • The Room 2003

    Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014

    Every film is better in a theater, but no film compares to the incredible difference between seeing The Room in a packed theater of spoon throwing fans and seeing it in the comfort of your own home.

    I have seen The Room in theaters two days in a row and unlike other so-bad-it's-good films (Birdemic: Shock and Awe and The Wicker Man (2006) for example), The Room was just as hilarious and entertaining during round two. That is probably a credit to the different audiences and the sheer unintentional hilarity/oddity of the film.

    That, or I just really love throwing spoons at Tommy Wiseau & Co.

  • Serial Mom 1994

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    I had, at first, incorrectly labelled this as American Psycho, but with moms replacing yuppies and kitsch replacing modernism. Even though it is just as hysterical (maybe more so) and it plays up the thin veneer of sanity masking a total sociopath, Serial Mom is more about the thin veneer masking normalcy in stereotypical white picket fence America. Perversion, vulgarity, and other "unhealthy" habits are shown in one form or another in nearly all the characters. I put "unhealthy" in…

  • Chopping Mall 1986

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2014

    What if ED-209 was in a slasher movie? What if there were three of them? The results are just as campy as you'd expect.

    "Thank you have a nice day"

  • RoboCop 2014

    ★★ Watched 05 Jun, 2014

    Perhaps one of the few redeeming factors of Jose Padiha's take on Robocop is how OmniCorp markets their product. It may be a little jab towards the ones who made this production hell for Jose Padiha, so naturally I found humor in the scene in which Michael Keaton's character, Raymond Sellars, says that the public doesn't really know what they want until you tell them. He then proceeds to scrap the design more reminiscent of the original 1987 cyborg in…

  • Miss Representation 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Jun, 2014

    I hope the reason none of the Letterboxd users I follow haven't watched this (as it is currently available on Netflix Instant) is because they are already well informed as to the horrible depiction of women in mainstream media.

    Although Miss Representation isn't a particularly well made documentary, the message of the film is incredibly important. It functions as a much more accessible and contemporary version of Jean Kilbourne's Killing Us Softly series. Miss Representation doesn't really teach anything that…

  • The Pervert's Guide to Cinema 2006

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2014

    Have you ever taken a course that you learned almost nothing from? I don't mean to say that you daydreamed through the whole thing, but rather the ideas presented in the lesson went well beyond you. So much so that you had trouble grasping it. This is not to say that the information was not inaccessible, but you just haven't reached the point in your life where you are capable of understanding it. That you leave the course wishing to…

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 09 May, 2014

    The fantastic atmosphere and surrealistic elements are the most admirable components of Denis Villeneuve's second outing with Jake Gyllenhaal. Although it only shares a minimal amount themes, Enemy has the extreme disservice of being compared to the other doppelganger film (The Double). While the intense fears of the introverted meeting their opposite aren't expressed as well, Enemy's real strengths lie in its stylistic elements, which it really knocks out of the park.

  • The Double 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 May, 2014

    I wish I could articulate exactly how this film made me feel, but it cuts so deep and so personally that I'm having trouble expressing it. Here are just some scrambled thoughts I have on the film.

    The Double, at times, was really hard for me to watch. Partially because of the intense amount of stress Simon James goes under and the considerable amount of time he spends pining over his crush, but largely because of the whole doppelganger situation.…