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  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Feb, 2015

    It just keeps getting better.

  • The Better Angels 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    Director A.J. Edwards only other credits on IMDB are miscellaneous jobs on every Terence Malick film since and including The New World. The Malick influence is clearly apparent, and I doubt there is single review of this film that doesn't bring that up. I found it to be a powerful film, and an interesting exercise of a student emulating their teacher. The Better Angels isn't merely a Malick tribute though, with the black and white look being the depature, and…

  • Synecdoche, New York 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Feb, 2015

    This film has a lot to it, and it is truly an exhausting experience watching it. It also doesn't help that the film pretty much lays bare everything that is so difficult about being a human being. I mean, the whole film is about trying to figure out the right way to life your life, though the film's answer is that we will never find a right way to live. We will constantly be worrying about how we look, how…

  • Sullivan's Travels 1941

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 Feb, 2015

    I dig this flick a lot, and it is a lot of fun, and has a good message about the importance of light-hearted films. The third act isn't perfectly executed, but that really isn't that big of a deal. My favourite Preston Sturges film is still Hail The Conuering Hero, but I mean any Sturges films is most always tops in my book.

  • Pulsebeat 1984

    ½ Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    "Take your time...I'll be working out."

    Should be viewed only to better appreciate Heavenly Bodies. This flick follows a very similar story, and it is excruciating to get through. I had no idea what was going on, and too be honest, I didn't care. The exercise classes are poorly choreographed, the chemistry between the characters is non-existent, so basically everything that Heavenly Bodies does amazing, this flick does terribly. All the relationship stuff is basically making an assumption about someone,…

  • American Drive-In 1985

    ★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2015

    Where to start with this one. Well, the film's director Krishna Shah sets the film at a drive-in, with his film Hard Rock Zombies being the movie that is playing. It's actually a double feature with Hard Rock Zombies 2, but since that isn't a real movie, they just use different clips from Hard Rock Zombies and say it is the sequel. Sadly there is only four ten minute parts of Hard Rock Zombie on Youtube, so I couldn't get…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2015 9

    Most of this is fun, some of it is horrible. That pretty much sums up every Matthew Vaughn film.

  • The Italian Connection 1972

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2015

    Put Mario Adorf up there with the greats like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. He has such an amazing presence on screen, and in The Italian Connection he is cooler than cool. His action scenes are fantastic, and there is a car chase/foot chase that has him busting through a windshield of a van by smashing it with his head. Adorf is the man.

  • Step Up All In 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Feb, 2015

    It's all about the dance.

  • Blow Out 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Feb, 2015 2

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "It's a good scream..."

    Blow Out is the truth. It is pure cinema, plain and simple. This is a story that could only be told using the merger of pictures and sound. Sure, it loosely takes its premise from Blow Up, but in comparison, Blow Up does not hold a candle to Blow Out. Much of this has to do with the fact that Blow Up is about still pictures, and that is it. The main element of Blow Out

  • The Relic 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2015 2

    A great setting, solid lead performances, and a decent concept are in conflict with the film's slow pacing, terrible creature design, and nonsense plot. The film definitely tries to work around the creature design, showing it rather sparingly, which is good, it is just that the film kind of goes nowhere, despite the fact that there is a whole lot of build up. A decent enough watch though, and I love the museum a fair bit.

  • St. Nick 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2015

    David Lowrey's film before he made Ain't Them Bodies Saints is definitely a more amateurish film, but it is not without its strengths. For a movie based entirely on two children, the real life brother and sister actors do an impressive job carrying the movie. There acting and dialogue is very natural, and I would say that these are definitely above average child performances. The story is very simple, but compelling, given the lack of information that we receive about…