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  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2015

    My review was going to be a variation on Jack from THE SHINING's "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" mantra only replaced with "I could watch Carey Mulligan read the phone book for nine hours and walk out of the theater happy."

    Instead: I thought of this as a 19th century version of The Bachelorette. I was yelling at the screen for her to choose Oak. Whether it worked, well, you'll have to see this wonderful film for yourself to find out ;)

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes 1998

    ★★★ Rewatched 25 May, 2015

    A critic once called DePalma a cinematic serial killer of common sense. Can't argue with that since a lot of his films get dumb and dumber as they go along. But for some reason, he is one of the few directors that can draw me in based on style and cinematography alone, thus allowing me to forgive the weaker elements. I know a movie is more than what the camera is doing, but this movie is a textbook example of…

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  • Take This Waltz

    Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2012 4

    If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Added

    Yes there will be a backlash or those who have many criticisms but there's no denying how perfect of a movie-going experience I had with this to where myself and the audience couldn't help but applaud. I rarely yell out loud in a theater during action sequences but it was hard to contain my excitement. From about the moment they enter a thunderstorm, I knew I was witnessing a fully realized vision from a master storyteller and craftsman, who has…