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  • The Wind Rises 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2014

    Entirely wonderful in the purest sense of the word. The joy of love, creativity, and dreams are all played out in a raw and spectacular fashion by none other than the king of love, creativity, and dreams: Hayao Miyazaki. The Wind Rises is passionate about not only the grand moments of Jiro Horikoshi's life, but also of the smaller moments. A brief kiss. A short expression of gratitude. A series of numbers being written on the page. All these brief…

  • Night Moves 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2014

    A quiet somber film about environmental terrorists that focuses, not on environmentalism, but on fear, paranoia, and responsibility. Jesse Eisenberg's shifty eyes and Kelly Reichardt's masterful direction create an incredibly tense atmosphere and overwhelming paranoia. Night Moves proves, yet again, that Eisenberg is a force to be reckoned with.

  • Batman Returns 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2014

    Batman Returns operates more like a fairytale than a superhero flick. Batman and his rogues are brought to life through Burton's stylishly Gothic sensibilities and his fascination with the tragic and the outcasts. Sexual energy permeates through Batman Returns in a much more effective and tasteful manner than Batman and Robin.

    An interesting choice by screenwriter Daniel Waters to give the eponymous Batman the least amount of screen time of the three lead "freaks". Keaton is totally effective with the time he does get as one can feel the duality rumbling below the calm facade that is Bruce Wayne.

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2014

    The titular John Wick's journey through his grief takes the form of loads of kickass fight scenes and dog ownership. John Wick proves that Keanu Reeves is still a capable action star and that the action movie genre can still provide the same sort of thrills as its golden age (the 1980s). Tonally, John Wick manages to balance the hammy cheese and the serious moments with the same gravitas as the best action films of the past. Not only is it fun, but it looks great with its modernist set design combined and completely controlled cinematography.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    Before watching Birdman I heard a comparison of it to and it's impossible to shake it it now.

    Like other films that garnered this comparison (Adaptation and Stardust Memories), Birdman focuses on "celebrity" and the expectations one has after their previous work. Birdman in particular is primarily concerned with the concept that instead of "I think, therefore I am" it is "They think of me, therefore I am". If you base your perception on how others think of you,…

  • 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…