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  • Shame 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Oct, 2014

    One could argue that Steve McQueen's direction and Sean Bobbitt's cinematography are the stars of Shame, but it is truly Michael Fassbender's performance as Brandon that makes Shame such an effective portrayal of addiction. So much is said in Shame through just faces and camera angles, rather than the minimal amount of dialogue. Brandon's fixation with immediate satisfaction rather than long term emotional/intimate relationships comes in direct conflict of the film's contemplative direction creating an entirely enthralling and mesmerizing experience.

    Sex isn't depicted so much so erotic in Shame, but rather as how an addictive substance is typically portrayed. Dangerous, painful, and blinding.

  • Filth 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    The coke-addled anti-hero has become old hat, but Filth is so superbly stylized, humorously written, and honest that it works as a much more critical and human look at the bad boy with a badge.

  • Virgin School 2007

    ★★ Rewatched 12 Sep, 2014

    If you take a drink every time you cringe from second hand embarrassment while watching Virgin School, you should be good by halfway through.

    Virgin School does nothing but document the process in which the titular Amsterdam based school teaches virginal men intimacy and emphasize an idea similar to American Pie, in that losing one's virginity is important and required if one is to be a man. Only worth watching for the spectacle and the unintended humor of it all.

  • True Romance 1993

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014 1

    Arguably Quentin Tarintino's best script. True Romance's title rings true if you value pop culture as much as the two leads and if you have a dark sense of humor like Tarintino. It also helps that the two leads, Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater, have such a great onscreen chemistry that I was convinced that they'd be together forever as soon as Alabama dumped her popcorn all over Clarence.

    I'll be damned if I give so much acclaim to Tarintino and none for Tony Scott's stylish direction.

    So cool.

  • 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…