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  • 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.…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 May, 2014

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

  • The Crystal Ball 1943

    ★★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2014

    The Crystal Ball is your standard screwball romantic comedy, but with the added charm of the beautiful Paulette Goddard. The plot rolls out with lies compounding on themselves and quirky coincidences. While the circumstances are typically funny and the dialogue is snappy for the most part, the one liners by the extras are exceptionally terrible. The editing in the film feels particularly awkward as the film frequently cuts just as a character is about to say something. The Crystal Ball

  • The Blue Angel 1930

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2014

    Tragedy is foreshadowed right from the beginning with the lectures on two of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, Hamlet and Julius Caesar, and, most obviously so, the death of Proffessor Immanuel Rath's bird. Not necessarily death, like in all of the foreshadowed elements, but a fall from grace is in store for Rath. A clown wanders around the club like a ghost, but also as a shade of things to come. This cycle is a universal constant. There will always be men making themselves into fools in the name of a beautiful woman, but, for some, that leap is catastrophic.

  • Stripped 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    As an illustrator, Stripped is, to me, sometimes inspirational, sometimes scary, and sometimes a groan-worthy doc.

    Stripped does its best to cover a huge amount of history in its hour and a half run time (fifteen of which is the credits). Although there is usually a preference for documentaries that feature more than just talking heads, the "fun" sequences where Stripped tried to mimic "old timey" movies and retro games came off more as belittling, rather than endearing, to time…

  • In the Realms of the Unreal 2005

    ★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    While it doesn't provide much more information on the subject than one can find on his Wikipedia page or most books that cover him, seeing Henry Darger's unique vision brought to life through narration and animation definitely makes In the Realms of the Unreal worth a look. The film tells portions of the story of the Vivian Girls, the stars of Darger's fifteen-thousand plus page fantasy epic, alongside Darger's troubled childhood and adulthood creating a sense of understanding for his…