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  • Post Tenebras Lux 2012

    ½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014 2

    Aside from the gorgeous opening, Post Tenebras Lux is a maddening experiencing that had me questioning whether or not everyone should be allowed to create art. The whole time I was just trying to figure out why I was seeing what I was seeing, and what justification there could be to hold a shot for so long, or to include a certain action by a character, and I never came up with a good reason. I absolutely despised the use…

  • Contagion 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Oct, 2014 7

    The Film Ape Self Imposed Isolation Procedure Should There be an Epidemic

    Items Required

    1 Plain White Room (of decent size)
    1 Bed (king-size)
    10 Pillows (of varying sizes)
    5 Blankets (2 howling wolves pattern, 2 popular rock group pattern, 1 zombie Marilyn Monroe pattern.)
    1 Television (70 inch or larger)
    2 Backup Televisions (50 inch or larger)
    Blurays (No less than 2,000)
    DVDs (for pretentious art film stuff that isn't on Bluray, no less than 500)
    42 12-Packs of…

  • Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Oct, 2014

    I would say that this is more Shane Black's Iron Man 3 than it is Marvel's Iron Man 3, which is a good thing. Sure, we get all the references to the other Marvel movies, and for the most part the story is typical Marvel film nonsensical nonsense, but the falling from the sky scene is amazing, as is Ben Kingsley's performance, and Black's dialogue is present and accounted for. Just let Shane Black and Tim Gunn direct all the future Marvel films, and everything will be okay.

  • Fury 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2014 11

    Absolutely superb, Fury is David Ayer's masterpiece, and I do not write that lightly. I am a big time fan of End of Watch, which I think is one of the greatest police films ever made, but this, this just hits all the sweet spots for me.

    Let me get all the basic film critiques out of the way, before I start straying into my on thoughts and philosophies on life. Everything about this film on purely a film basis…

  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Oct, 2014 2

    A beautiful Blu takes this up a star.

  • Vamp 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    "This has been one wacky night"

    The kid from Meatballs has grown up, and he's trying to hire a stripper from a strip club full of vampires in the film Vamp. Seemingly taking a page from After Hours, this flick takes place mostly within a small area of a city, as a guy runs around trying to figure how to get away. For the most part the film is a solid watch, though I think it could have been faster…

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014 2

    Paul Thomas Anderson presents a fascinating look at religious and non-religious people in The Master and he does so with an absolute mastery (hehe) of the cinematic craft. I've wrote a fair bit about this film on this site, so feel free to search around for more of my opinion on what the film is about in other reviewers comment sections (or don't, that seems like too much work).

    I will say that I was struck with a real sense…

  • There Will Be Blood 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014 7

    This film feels like it was made by a completely different director than the one that made Boogie Nights. This is such a patient movie, so calculated, like everything, even the tiniest moments, contribute to where the film ends up. It's beautiful, thoroughly entertaining, and features some fascinating artistic decisions.

  • A Prairie Home Companion 2006

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014

    Paul Thomas Anderson was the "on call" director for this film, due to some insurance stuff regarding Robert Altman's age. It's totally an Altman film, but you can see PTA's involvement in the film in some of the casting choices. Overall it's a nice and easy film, with the theme of death coming for us all being fitting given that this was Altman's final film.

  • Night of the Living Dead 1990

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014

    I recorded this off a cable access channel when it aired late one night. A lot of the movies that played were meant to be a companion to some post secondary classes, which meant it was introduced by someone and all that. I was pretty young when I tried watching it, and I lost my mind with fear about fifteen minutes in and had to turn it off. Now, it seems like such a tame film, lacking a lot of the scares of the original, and featuring very little gore. Still, it's a fun watch.

  • Heavyweights 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2014 11

    @Joshua Benda commented on an old Heavyweights entry of mine, and that got me jonesing for a rewatch. I had to interrupt my Paul Thomas Anderson blitz, which was an issue, but I decided to go for it anyway. While watching the film, I checked IMDB's trivia section on this film and found this as the first entry.

    On the Blu-Ray commentary, Judd Apatow states that he once ran into Paul Thomas Anderson, and he told Judd that Heavyweights is…

  • Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Oct, 2014

    "Business is very food..."