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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    Tour-de-force bravura filmmaking - a bracingly kinetic, furious(a) haboob of a masterpiece. It's definitely not just visually masturbatory exercise in style over substance, though - there's enough subversive commentary on gender relations to have created quite a bit of consternation among misogynists (and hilarity/appreciation among us feminists)

    Fury Road inspires so much awe and wonder in its sustained (but never overwrought or tedious) spectacle that we mortals can only genuflect in homage to George Miller, who finally gets the resources and budget to create the Mad Max film he was always meant to craft.

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    Riveting, briskly paced, often scary treatise on the wonders/horrors of Web 2.0 on-demand social interaction and how online decency has not caught up with technological innovation. An Agatha Christie-style morality play with supernatural revenge, updated for the Millennial generation. Much of its terrifying power comes from the very realistic depiction of the computing mundane: blinking cursors, pop-up boxes, spinning wheels, jump scares from jittering connections and garbled webcam sound/images. A horror gem that will linger in one's mind.

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  • Somewhere in Time

    Somewhere in Time 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2012

    Old-fashioned Hollywood weepie with a devastating ending, but it tugs on the heart strings so very well. Jane Seymour has never been more exquisite. Christopher Reeve utilizes his gentle, boyish charisma to maximum effect. But of course, the main draw here is the legendary John Barry's (RIP) unforgettable score. The swells and cadences of the main theme are equal parts pure love and pure melancholy - a perfect aural representation of Richard's state-of-mind throughout the film.

  • Annabelle

    Annabelle 2014

    ★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    Although it admirably tries to retain the spirit and tone of The Conjuring, Annabelle is in many respects a lesser film than its predecessor. A sense of Rosemary's Baby-esque parental dread does effectively permeate the film, but the scares themselves are mostly ineffectual save for the first and last ones. Still, it is centered by a lovely performance by Annabelle Wallis - hope this leads to bigger and better things for her.

    Eagerly waiting for the Warrens to return to the big screen in The Conjuring sequel.