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  • Stoker

    Stoker 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2015

    An unxepected masterpiece, Stoker is an effectively subversive take on the Hitchcock thriller only because of the enormously talented people in front of and behind the camera. It would be unfair to mention the brilliant elegance of any one aspect of this film's production without mentioning how each and every one of them is equally worthy of praise.

    Uncle Charlie stokes the embers in India's longing heart and pushes her beyond the precipice of adulthood. She awakens both mentally and…

  • The Peanuts Movie

    The Peanuts Movie 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2015

    Captures the bittersweet optimism of The Peanuts without totally embracing the corporate advertising mascots they became (which is surprisingly lampooned in this film). Had it not been for the drawn out Snoopy sequences (while admittingly complementing the main plot, they ultimately feel like a distraction), The Peanuts Movie would have been the greatest romantic comedy aimed at kids.

    Charlie Brown is always destined to fail, by his own volition or otherwise. While it may be satisfying to see him victorious,…

  • After Earth

    After Earth 2013

    Watched 07 Nov, 2015

    Keep calm in emergencies.

    That's it.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★½ Watched 05 Nov, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The world's greatest spy has to face off against the biggest bad guy ever who was actually the real bad guy of all the other movies and he's also Bond's foster brother and he's also Blofeld.

    The stakes are pretty low for a Bond flick, especially since how needlessly convoluted and unfocused the film is. Considering how slick and neat the first half of the film is and how Mendes proves, yet again, he makes the best looking 007 films, it is really disappointing that Spectre is nothing more than Daniel Craig's other "bad" James Bond Movie.

  • 13 Going On 30

    13 Going On 30 2004

    ★★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    On a very surface level one might be tempted to compare 13 Going On 30 to Big, in that it injecting a younger mindset into the adult world reminds the grown-ups how to play and be a kid again. While in some instances it is correct (the Michael Jackson Thriller scene is strongly reminiscent of Big's keyboard scene), 13 Going On 30 has a distinct negativity attached to children.

    13 Going On 30's world is the world where Jenna achieved…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2015

    Steve Jobs is the biopic done right. The film is structured like a reoccurring Christmas Carol-esque nightmare where the titular Steve Jobs must face four ghosts right before several self-proclaimed "significant events of the 20th century". These press conferences channel the anxiety and self-absorption of the endless opening weekend in last year's Birdman, but with a more of a Gendo Ikari like figure at the helm.

    Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, and Michael Fassbender do no favors in making their Steve…

  • Iris

    Iris 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Oct, 2015

    Less of a documentary of how Iris Apfel became the icon she is today, but more of a documentary of who Iris Apfel is today. Today she is wise, funny, inspiring, and still the brightest part of any room she's in.

  • The Car

    The Car 1977

    ★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Watching The Wraith and The Car within such close proximity to eachother reveals how easy it can be to mess up a good concept. The both of them are, essentially, "a slasher movie, but the killer is a car", but that isn't quite on the nose enough. They both have more in common with Jaws or Arachnaphobia in that the killer is a real force of nature. A key difference between the two of them…

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2015

    Guillermo del Toro is often characterized by either a Spanish language auteur (Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth) or a big kid given a huge budget (Hellboy and Pacific Rim). Now del Toro has combined his horror fanboy tendencies with mature sensibilities to create a lovely throw-back to retro horror-mysteries.

    Del Toro has stressed that Crimson Peak is not a horror movie and many critics have said the film is not scary, but there are genuine thrills and some excitingly gruesome…

  • Quay

    Quay 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2015

    Emulating a bit of the brothers Quay's stream of consciousness, Christopher Nolan forsakes his usual controlled style to create a quirky and unconventional documentary that gives insight to the Quay's waking life.

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba 1964

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Early on in the film there is a somewhat humorous moment, albeit a particularly effect one; the detestable Hachi literally stares into the void and screams and the void screams back in wickedly naturalistic way.

    The cruel and poetic simplicity of Onibaba is executed in such a beautiful expressionistic manner that this black and white feature becomes even blacker. I mean to say that the darkness of the world is ever present in luscious inky…

  • Tomie: Replay

    Tomie: Replay 2000

    ★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Despite containing more of the gruesome horror that's more prevalent in the later films while attempting to retain the quiet introspection of the first, Tomie: Replay is just boring. Replay's attempt at the same powerful silence and emptiness of the first film comes off as weak imitation that comes off more as disinterest or accidental. This film still retains some nice shot composition, but does that really matter when the whole film is totally lifeless.…