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  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2014

    This is a textbook example of how to make an action movie the right way. If the decision was mine, it would be shown in all film studies and creative writing courses - and I mean that legitimately.

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Dear Hollywood,
    Please stop attempting to make action movies. You are only playing for pride now. If you insist on continuing, please send all profits to the Foundation For Buying Paul Greengrass A Tripod.

    Sincerely,
    -Ryan

  • The Iron Rose 1973

    ★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2014

    Foreign Film Sundays goes back in time to 1973 for France's The Iron Rose.

    This...is weird. I'm not sure there's a lot more I can say about it. It's shot very well and the music is great, but the story is non-existent, characters are weak and they behave either stupidly or strangely. I enjoyed the eye candy, but I don't see myself watching this ever again.

  • Elite Squad: The Enemy Within 2010

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Foreign Film Sundays continues with what I didn't even know was a sequel. It feels like a stand-alone entity that can be enjoyed on its own, and I did enjoy it, but it also feels like an entire season of a TV show crammed into 2 hours.

    This is a very information-driven film which seems more concerned with letting the viewer know that this guy did this for this reason and that guy did that because of this. All of…

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    This is the appropriate amount of ridiculousness that not only do I expect from a G.I. Joe film, but I demand.

    The tone here, as with the first film, is perfect. The source material has little depth, so portraying this film as anything more than good guys shooting bad guys would be wrong. All you need are global stakes with high-tech weaponry and a cadre of interesting bad guys - and this movie delivered.

    While it's not as shamelessly entertaining…

  • The Last Days on Mars 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2014

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

  • Crawlspace 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Apr, 2014

    The other day, I reviewed eXistenZ and complained that it didn't explore the emotional aspects of the characters despite having a premise that afforded ample opportunity to do so in creative and imaginative ways. This is a good example of doing what eXistenZ failed to do. It's a lower-budget film that doesn't have a lot of money to fall back on, so the big ideas have to come in the form of big emotions. Character relationships are more important than…

  • eXistenZ 1999

    ★★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2014

    Not bad, though not great. It feels very small in scope, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as we are made to care about the characters - but I didn't feel much for anyone. It was quite distant and cold. Unemotional. And I think stories (particularly science fiction) that deal with going into an alternate reality or a place that allows for exploration of desire and actions without real-world implications should take advantage of that situation and dive into the characters' emotions in ways standard stories cannot. Seems like a missed opportunity to me.

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow 2010

    Watched 31 Mar, 2014 1

    I'm not going to rate this because I didn't watch the entire movie. At 1am, I had a choice...finish watching, or go to sleep. I picked the more exciting option.

  • The Painting 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2014

    France is featured in this week's Foreign Film Sunday with a stellar animated film.

    Working in much the same way as Pixar's Toy Story and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, The Painting deals with characters in their own world and how the outside world (i.e. "real life") impacts their lives. But to say it's paintings instead of toys and video games would be to sell the movie short. The Painting deals with many adult themes, such as social status, racism, bigotry, and…

  • Europa Report 2013

    ★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    Uneventful.

  • X 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014 2

    There's something about random, insane trips through a busy city in one night that I find interesting - in film and in reality.