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  • Exotica 1994

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2014 1

    Fans of Eyes Wide Shut might want to give this a view.

    Hypnotic is a suiting adjective to use. Very few films can pull off the "what the flying fuck is this about?" for so long and then tie it all together by the end in such an immaculate package.

    The acting is strong, the music is all spectacular, the camerawork is well above average, the locations and settings are nearly characters in themselves, but it is the script that…

  • Midnight Express 1978

    ★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    The first act gets 5 stars, the rest does not. It's nevertheless a well-made film, but despite the wholly unfair situation the lead character finds himself in, I found it hard to connect with him on any level beyond that fact. The viewer gets no insight into who this person is, and that is something I need to be moved by this film. Unfortunately, the character exists only on the surface. There are plenty of quality moments thanks to the…

  • Jack Reacher 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Loosely based on the documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Jack Reacher is quite an entertaining and surprisingly well-made film. It's smart, shot exceptionally well, and doesn't dumb down for its audience - although the third act falls victim to Third Act Syndrome, in which the third act is your typical Hollywood third act. I'm intentionally being vague and generic to highlight the side-effects of Third Act Syndrome. Nevertheless, made me want to buy some Lee Child novels, so, well done.

  • From Russia With Love 1963

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Aug, 2014

    One of the least interesting, least exciting Connery Bond films. The train sequence is great, but everything before it was very...meh. Everything after it was also...meh. Outside of that one part of the film, there is very little to be interested in.

  • The Last Stand 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Aug, 2014

    Surprisingly good. Dumb at times, great at others. This is a fitting return for Arnold, and a solid American debut for Kim Jee-woon. Love the way this was shot - in a more creative and artistically inspired way than a good 100% of Hollywood action films.

  • The Thieves 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Aug, 2014 2

    Hugely entertaining heist film. The best scene (sequence, really) is not even the heist. I won't spoil it. You're going to have to see for yourself.

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2014 1

    This movie did not need to be three hours long. At least half the scenes could be half as long as they are, which would shave a solid 45 minutes off the running time and result in a stronger product.

    The story is simple and told simply. There is not a lot of subtext. Most scenes are about exactly what they're about. It's also shot in a very simple manner, focusing primarily on faces. While this does allow for the…

  • Colombiana 2011

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2014 2

    Dear Hollywood: More female action heroes, please.

    Caveat: As long as you try harder to make the films good.

    While I enjoyed this movie, it has some glaring shortcomings. With another pass on the script and perhaps a director hired for creative talents instead of the strength of his surname, this could have been pretty amazing. As it is, it's worth checking out if you need a quick action fix.

  • Runner Runner 2013

    ★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    Interesting concept, but there's not a lot of meat once the pieces are on the board, and the script is quite weak in pretty much every area outside of the concept. I wanted to enjoy this movie, but it just wasn't good enough.

  • Toy Story 3 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Aug, 2014

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

  • Family Plot 1976

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2014

    Very underrated Hitchcock. Great in all the right ways, especially the music, camerawork, and Lehman's script. It's an unconventional story that keeps you interested until the very end. Quality film to conclude the greatest career in the history of cinema.

  • Safety Not Guaranteed 2012

    ★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2014 4

    Almost turned it off because the first act was so awful, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Acts 2 and 3 were much better.