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  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    Wow what a documentary. Beautiful, unbelievably private look at the daily life of animator Hayao Miyazaki and the inner workings of Studio Ghibli. Follows the studio for the time they're making The Wind Rises, and it's amazing how much they capture behind-the-scenes, the wonderful moments with Miyazaki (who is surprisingly quite depressed like all of us) and bursts of creativity that keep them constantly inspired. What a remarkably beautiful doc and best of all - the final shot is absolutely perfect. Brought tears to my eyes.

  • The Lunchbox 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 02 Jul, 2014

    Wonderful, so lovely, so vibrant. I adore this film. Everything about it, from the way it portrays India to the lead performances by Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, to the emotions it evokes, and the story it tells. See this gem! Just wonderful.

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Hate to say it, but kind of boring... Didn't really enjoy it that much. A step down from Dark of the Moon, which had better action. The Dinobots aren't used enough, it's just... not that great. As I summed up on Twitter: "Yelling! Explosions! Robots + slo mo action! China! CIA! More explosions. Dinobots! And that's it." Yep.

  • Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2014

    Solid, enjoyed it. But a little too much propaganda, not enough deep investigation into the Times.

  • Non-Stop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2014

    Solid, enjoyed it. Neeson being badass as always.

  • 22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2014

    Funny, but not as good as the first one.

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Jun, 2014

    Linklater's Boyhood is a singular experience, a one-of-a-kind cinematic creation that speaks so honestly about growing up, living and loving in this modern time.

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2014

    A tearjerker, but very nicely made. It's realistic and beautiful in the way it talks through these tough issues. Good movie.

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Jun, 2014 1

    Loved it. Magnificent movie, everything that I was hoping to see and more. Shows that DreamWorks Animation can make a movie the same quality as Pixar. Had touches of The Last Airbender (the show) plus themes of loving animals, peace, and rising up against the one alpha mindset that controls everyone. A beautiful animated film with so much depth to it.

  • Tom at the Farm 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2014 1

    Eerie, moody thriller with a Hitchcockian vibe. Another solid and very unique film from Xavier Dolan. I love him more every time I watch one of his films.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Jun, 2014

    Pretty damn good. Enjoyable summer action sci-fi done just right, with the right amount of levity, the right amount of extravagant CG, with a good story, some emotion, and strong characters. Emily Blunt is THE badass of the summer - she rules. Love her to death in this one.

  • Chef 2014

    ★★★★½ Added 1

    I actually really, really loved this movie. The message within it, the story about staying true to your passion, and delivering something fun and engaging and delicious. And yet not losing your way, overcoming adversity. It's done so well, with a great soundtrack, solid performances, overall it left me in such a great mood that I can't help but keep recommending this to everyone.