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  • Akira

    Akira 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Apr, 2016

    Older generations often fear change and, by extension, the youth that carry that change. Like an amoeba, they eat and destroy and take what the past built and remake it in their image and thus the cycle continues. The youth, whether they are politically, criminally, or even supernaturally active will force change in the world because the children are our future and, if Akira is any indication, our future is dystopic.

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club 1999

    ★★★ Rewatched 13 Apr, 2016

    Edward Norton has a meet-cute with Helena Bonham-Carter (albeit more vulgar) and instead pals around with Brad Pitt doing self-indulgent and destructive behavior.
    An antithesis to finding someone else to complete you because your other half really should be inside you.

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Apr, 2016

    Very fascinating that Disney is able to put out such a colorful family friendly noir that, not only is hilarious, but also challenges ideas of stereotypes and victimhood in ways far more complex than expected.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2016

    Superheroes have truly been granted mythic status. Lex Luthor isn't wrong to bring up allusions to Prometheus and Michael, but references to those may be lost whereas references to Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman aren't.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Apr, 2016

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

    Behold, man undone by not only by the classic folly of his own hubris, but by his softness. Deception and exploitation on various levels in this surprisingly human sci-if drama of Alex Garland's design. Watching each master plan unfold tantalizingly close to realization only to be dashed by another machevellian manipulation. With a sleek and minimalist presentation, Garland achieves thrills in a directorial debut that some auteurs only accomplish on occasion. With the addition of being as dense with themes of technology, sexuality, and autonomy, Ex Machina ranks in the upper echelons of science-fiction films.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2016

    Tarantino's Pulp Fiction reminds me so much of Breathless because of it's quick editing, snappy dialogue, and breezy quick pace. It's clear that Tarantino has grown and changed as a director with The Hateful Eight. It has a slower and more diliberate pace and Tarantino seems to enjoy the silence a little more. Even so, his flair isn't gone as shown through the second half, or even the first half. It's hilarious and gruesome in a way that only someone as gleefully violent as Tarantino.

  • Dementia 13

    Dementia 13 1963

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Mar, 2016

    Obviously goes for a Psycho feel and, for the most part, nails a auteur horror flick vibe despite this being a debut for Coppola. Unfortunately the third act ends up being less Hitchcock and more Friday the 13th

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Mar, 2016

    Like most of David Fincher's work, Gone Girl forces one to face the darkness below the facade. More often than not, it's the lies we tell ourselves to keep us happy or at least oblivious to the horror lurking under the surface. Gone Girl follows this tradition by examining the lies about ourselves. The faces we put on for others and just how horrible the revelation that your loved ones are doing the same. The result is a media soaked pulpy noir that somehow is deeply upsetting and darkly comic with infinite rewatchability.

  • The Room

    The Room 2003

    Rewatched 19 Mar, 2016

    When you're in a packed screening of The Room, not everyone who shouts is going to be funny.

    Fortunately, Tommy Wiseau has made such a remarkably bad film that is funnier and more absurd than anything someone could yell at it.

  • Gods of Egypt

    Gods of Egypt 2016

    Watched 05 Mar, 2016

    Don't be quick to judge Gods of Egypt if you haven't seen it because there is nothing like Gods of Egypt. The closest comparison is Marvel's Thor, but Thor is far less eccentric. The trailers make it out to be a conventional action-fantasy a-la Prince of Persia or that Conan The Barbarian reboot, but director Alex Proyas instead has crafted a film that is a parade of increasingly bizarre and ridiculous events rendered in terrible to great cg. Gods of…

  • How to Be Single

    How to Be Single 2016

    ★★★ Watched 29 Feb, 2016

    Being single sucks. Being alone sucks. Trying to meet new people sucks. Going on dating sites sucks. Running into your ex sucks. Remembering that your ex is much happier with someone else sucks. Trying to find distractions sucks. Figuring out how to exist without somebody special on your mind sucks. Forcing yourself to do things alone so that you may grow as an individual sucks.

    How to Be Single, much to my surprise, doesn't suck and somehow, stylishly at some…

  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project 1999

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2016

    Right before the turn of the millennium, the world of horror was forever changed with The Blair Witch Project. Countless imitators of varying qualities were spawned from this (Marble Hornets, Grave Encounters, etc), but they all reach back to similar puritanical, as well as modern, fears. Brilliantly combining the classic witchcraft lore of the forest being the last bastion of sin and the intersection of technology and alienation, The Blair Witch Project captures the terrors of the world at the…