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  • Heavenly Bodies 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2015

    11 days into 2015, and I hadn't watched this yet. What am I doing with my time?

  • Shock Corridor 1963

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2015

    "When we're asleep, nobody can tell a sane man from an insane man."

    Samuel Fuller takes you into a world of insanity, and while the view presented by Shock Corridor on mental illness is extremely dated and incorrect, it is no less interesting to experience now in 2015.

    This is really a film made up of dialogue set pieces, with the overarching theme of insanity being interrupted by breaks of sanity. It is a wickedly entertaining film, with all the…

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jan, 2015

    Boyhood is an interesting film, as I feel like it really doesn't use any of the elements that normally make up a great film, but there is no denying that it is a great film. The look of the film is really nothing that interesting, and Linklater has made a number of films that look much better than this. The acting, while great within the core four, is spotty for much of the supporting cast. However, even the scenes where…

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 09 Jan, 2015 12

    This is not a Paul Thomas Anderson film. I mean yeah, look it up on IMDB and it says that it was directed by PTA and written for the screen by him to, but this is not his film. Inherent Vice is a Thomas Pynchon film. For me, watching this flick a second time it revealed what my initial issues with the film were. I came in expecting a PTA film. I came in expecting lavish set pieces and beautiful…

  • Selma 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 3

    The films greatest strengths are the performances and the writing. The actual filmmaking though left something to be desired.

  • Taken 3 2015

    Watched 09 Jan, 2015 9

    As someone who was a big fan of both the first and the second movies, I can say that Taken 3 is brutal. We are starting early in the year with a strong candidate for worst movie of 2015, and aside from desiring bagels after seeing the movie, I got literally nothing from the experience of seeing it. For some reason they take a Rube Goldberg approach to the most simple story moments, which is horribly frustrating/unwatchable.

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015 5

    I'm seeing this again Friday night, so don't take my star rating as anything other than just being unsure as to what to make of it. In terms of watching a movie that was adapted from a book that I have previously read, watching the film and reading the book gave me the exact same vibes. I'm not sure though if this is a good thing, as reading and watching are two different experiences. I think that I will either drop lower or go higher on a rewatch, so I am looking forward to it.

  • Southern Comfort 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    There are plenty of interesting vibes coming off this film, and as a low rent Deliverance rip off, it is definitely interesting. I find it fascinating that the films concept of extremism bred within small fringe cultures is still such a relevant topic 34 years after the film's release.

    The film showcases extremism not just in the Cajun back woods people, but also within the National Guard squad as well. It is my belief that grand ideas of a National…

  • The Rover 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jan, 2015 2

    I definitely find it interesting the actors that find success from their ability to be a presence on screen. For example, I would say most of the iconic action stars, your Stallones and your Schwarzeneggers, became action stars because physically they were a presence on screen. With Matt Damon as Bourne though, there was a shift in what an actor's, particularly in an action film, on screen presence was all about. Basically, it didn't matter physically what the actor looked…

  • The Place Beyond the Pines 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 07 Jan, 2015 7

    I am glad that I revisited this film, because knowing what you are getting into is a definite benefit when watching this flick. I still have the same feelings about the movie that I did on a first viewing, but I would say that I love everything a bit more. Thus, the first act I love on a 5/5 level, with the opening shot being absolutely superb. Then the second act went up a bit, and the third act I…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Jan, 2015

    Definitely really nice to have an independent film that strives to be something more than just the usual independent film thing.

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Jan, 2015

    We live in a world where a guy like Darren Aronofsky can be given 125 million dollars to make a film like Noah. I think that should justify the continued existence of mankind.