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  • Predestination 2014

    ★★ Watched 10 Dec, 2014

    My potential enjoyment of this film was squandered pretty heavily once it became obsessed with spelling out every single detail to its audience. It was almost like teaching ABC's to a toddler. I didn't appreciate it.

    Ethan Hawke's presence got me in. I guess you can't win 'em all. Hell, I even chose to watch Getaway last year. I almost forgot about that travesty. Dammit.

  • Take Shelter 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2014

    Still as profoundly thought-provoking and quietly devastating as the first time I saw it.

    Continues to rank very high on my mental list of the best films from this decade.

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  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2012 16

    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 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2012 3

    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…