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  • Oculus 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2014

    Clever film, but flawed in many ways.

    I liked the unique concept and how you never really know what's going on at the beginning. When do you find out the motives, you still don't know what is going to happen next. That is something sorely missing from films in general.

    However, the film plays fast and loose with the rules, and by the third act, I was more interested in the past than the present. In the past, there was…

  • Let the Right One In 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2014 2

    This was made for less money than James Cameron's The Terminator. Think about that.

    I hard a hard time getting into this when I first saw it back in 2008. I think the reason was because I approached it as a horror movie.

    This is not a horror movie.

    This is a coming of age drama about young love, and just so happens to have vampires in it.

    I can't think of many other genre films that put the genre…

  • The Awakening 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    I enjoyed this quite a bit. Nothing new, but clever enough. Very good film-making all around. If you're looking for a solid ghost story for a cold evening, give this a shot.

  • The Pact 2012

    ★★½ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    Eh.

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2014 4

    Enemy is to Only God Forgives as Prisoners is to Drive.

    For me, this film is more fun to think about than it is to watch, yet it is nevertheless highly entertaining, if you don't like having everything spoon-fed to you.

    I don't have much else to say in brief, so here's the beer review...


    Beer: Coopers Brewing Company Best Extra Stout - 3.5/5 (solid, full flavor, yet not heavy as some stouts tend to be)

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Nov, 2014

    Easily the best late-70s/early-80s horror film not made in the 70s or 80s.

    The look of the film is perfection. Some movies try to pull this off, but fail horrendously. Ti West is a man you know has studied his influences thoroughly. It's not just the wardrobe or the sets or props or the music, but it's the more subtle touches, like the zooms and film grain and color scheme, shooting and editing style. And it gives the film such…

  • Rosemary's Baby 1968

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Nov, 2014 1

    A film that only gets better as the years go by. If you haven't seen it in a while, or just haven't seen it, I recommend you give it a viewing (preferably the Criterion blu-ray, as the transfer is quite good).

    The "impregnation" is one of the all-time great scenes in cinema.


    Beer: Boulder Planet Porter 3.5/5 (pretty darn good)

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2014 5

    I need to see this again before I can write a full review, but in the meanwhile, I will say this...

    - This movie features some of the best world-building I have ever seen on film.

    - I loved how Curtis's journey was always moving toward frame-right. Excellent and elegant use of camera orientation to keep the film's imagery focused, which is a difficult thing to pull off in such a tight space.

    - There is so much symbolism in…

  • Following 1998

    Watched 11 Nov, 2014

    Between Interstellar and this, I am reminded of a quote by the late and great Orson Welles: "The absence of limitation is the enemy of art."


    Beer: Brasserie Meteor Wendelinus Belgian Pale Ale - 4/5 (I can drink this all day)

  • Galaxy Quest 1999

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014

    How have I not seen this before? This is brilliant.


    Lev Pale Double Bock - 4/5 (Czech beer is damn good)

  • Shaun of the Dead 2004

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 08 Nov, 2014

    I'm not a big comedy guy, but I love Edgar Wright. Not only does he take the time to write fantastic stories in their own right, but he shoots and edits his films in a very entertaining way that plays up the visual comedy, which I feel is missing in most films of this genre.

    I wasn't keeping track, but if I had to vote on which movie holds the record for most set-ups and payoffs and callbacks, I would definitely vote for Shaun of the Dead.


    Beer: Lazy Magnolia Deep South Pale Ale - 3/5 (it's good)

  • Interstellar 2014

    Watched 06 Nov, 2014 6

    Drier than the dust bowl and less subtle than this as it was, I was actually enjoying it for the most part until it turned into a Christopher Nolan movie midway through. I enjoyed it even less when it turned into Mission to Mars by the end (okay, not really, but it nevertheless again proves that ambition alone is not enough).

    Overall, this is a Nolan film through and through, representing his absolute best aspects (no doubt aided by Spielberg's…