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  • Slow West

    Slow West 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2015

    There's nothing terribly terrific to point out here, but part of the film's charm is that it is so straight-forward and modest. It's also the first western in quite some time I've watched that clocks in at a swift 84 minutes. That was pretty refreshing. It's quick to get into what it's about and it's quick to wrap things up.

    Then there's the quality, low-key chemistry between the journeyman. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender fit it right. And anytime we get to see Ben Mendehlson, we win.

    It's worth a look.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2015 2

    It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I haven't watched a single movie in two full months.

    I've missed this place dearly.

    I'm glad I have made a return with this extremely satisfying directorial debut from Alex Garland. I've got nothing against Danny Boyle, but I am glad Garland kept this one for himself to direct.

    I think it would be hard to argue a case for any other actor over the last five years who has had a better track record of role/film choices than Oscar Isaac. The guy is just one of the best of his generation.

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2012 17

    No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.

    As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2012 4

    I saw this on opening night, but I've waited two days to write down some of my thoughts on it and it already feels like I'm late to the party. There have been countless reviews logged in on here as of late, so I feel compelled to keep this semi-short and ultra-sweet, because its outrageous brilliance is no longer a mystery.

    We knew it would only be a matter of time before Tarantino would create an epic spaghetti western, and…