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  • Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

    Henry Gamble's Birthday Party 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2016

    It's great to see a movie about characters who are Christians (though this is by no means a "Christian" film in the traditional sense) that doesn't shove their whole "you must believe in God, all others are sinners!" rhetoric down our god damn throats. Don't get me wrong, there is obviously a little bit of that but this is a film very much about Christianity that doesn't OVERLY preach and portrays Christians warts and all, as human, flawed individuals like…

  • Scherzo Diabolico

    Scherzo Diabolico 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2016

    This was really good stuff, anchored by a fine performance by the lovely Daniela Soto Vell as the teenaged schoolgirl kidnapped by one of her dad's employees.

    You'd expect this movie from the director of the very divisive "Here Comes the Devil" to be slow and methodical and, while it is methodical, the film is anything but slow as it moves at a lightning fast pace (even with the classical music soundtrack).

    This film was pretty great. Great acting, gore…

  • Pandemic

    Pandemic 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2016

    I'm shocked at how much I loved this movie. Billed as a POV action movie in the style of "Hardcore Henry" (which it came out the same week as), "Pandemic" is really much more of a Found Footage movie with POV elements, which makes me even more surprised that I loved it so much.

    This is probably THE BEST found footage movie ever made (if you happen to agree with me that it IS found footage). I was totally invested…

  • The Adderall Diaries

    The Adderall Diaries 2015

    Watched 01 May, 2016

    I don't think a movie has left me this down in the dumps in years. What sucks worse is that it wasn't even a very good movie. This was an unbelievably dour experience that hit a little too close to home for me. Based on Stephen Elliott's best-selling memoir and starring James Franco, Amber Heard, Christian Slater and Ed Harris, "The Adderall Diaries" brought up memories of my (really not that terrible in retrospect) childhood, my ignorant, selfish adolescent years…

  • Special Correspondents

    Special Correspondents 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2016

    I'm in the minority but I found this pretty delightful. Yes, Eric Bana's character is kind of an insufferable asshole but that's part of the point.

    There are also a bit too many jokes about Ricky Gervais being fat and America Ferrara is playing a bad stereotype but it's the satire aspect of the film, which doesn't truly appear until the end of the 2nd act, that makes this movie fly.

    It's basically going for the same type of satire…

  • Term Life

    Term Life 2016

    Watched 29 Apr, 2016

    Ugh, this movie was dreadful. I felt as though everyone involved owed Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" (who directed the film) a favor. Either that or he has some incriminating evidence against actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld (perhaps a video of her doing "research" for her hit masturbation anthem "Love Myself") lol.

    This movie was unbelievably bland, boring and generic. Nothing interesting to say, just very by-the-numbers action-"comedy" nonsense that felt like a bad movie from 1995.

    Also, the less we say about Vince Vaughn's hair in this movie, the better.

    Next time you direct a movie, Ralphie, try not to poke you're eye out, ok?

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    Ben Wheatley is our generation's Stanley Kubrick and this movie is his "biggest" one to date. I have to warn you, though: "High-Rise" is a very slow-going film that really takes it's time and it doesn't really go anywhere but it's gorgeous to look at with great acting and big ideas about society and shit.

    Based on the JG Ballard novel, this is a very slow burn but if you like Kubrickian-style films, this should be right up your proverbial alley.

    It is a little on the boring side but it sure does look pretty!

  • Darling

    Darling 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    Sometimes you just have to say "plot, be damned! This just looks cool"... and that's probably the whole intent of this superficial but very cool looking take on the "Repulsion"/"Queen of Earth" woman goes mad subgenre.

    Visionary director Mickey Keating reunites with rising star Lauren Ashley Carter in this horror/thriller clearly inspired by the French New Wave cool of the 1960s, which is very much style over substance... but I dug it. Shockingly, not as much as I thought I would (hence only 4 stars instead of 4 1/2 or 5) but I still thought it was coolio, man, as the beatniks would say.

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    There's a reason this won the Oscar this year. Yes, it is probably because the Academy loves a good Holocaust movie and not because it's a fantastic film but, shockingly, unlike most of the movies The Academy chooses "Son of Saul" is an excellent movie that plays around with form and experiments with aspect ratio in a way not unlike the equally excellent Xavier Dolan film "Mommy".

    While it's not an entirely original premise by any means (it's very similar…

  • Hostile Border

    Hostile Border 2015

    ★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    "Maria Full of Grace" for the "Spring Breakers" generation, "Hostile Border" stars former "Zoey 101" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" co-star Veronica Sixtos as a Mexican-born California teenager who is deported to Mexico after being arrested. She doesn't speak Spanish and quickly gets into some shady shit with drug trafficker Ricky.

    Pretty heavy handed with a rushed third act and not particularly well-filmed, it does nevertheless feature a good "action scene" of sorts featuring a flamethrower and the antagonist's truck…

  • Francofonia

    Francofonia 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    Drawing comparisons to Guy Maddin's "The Forbidden Room" (only far less bombastic), Iconic filmmaker Alexander Sokurov's spiritual sequel to his modern classic "Russian Ark" combines documentary style footage with a loose non-linear narrative and whimsical meta moments such as when Sokurov himself corresponds with Napoleon Bonaparte and all the scenes with sea captain Dirk.

    A much more playful film than "Russian Ark" although it's much less ambitious since "Russian Ark" was filmed in a single take.

    Sokurov is a master filmmaker and "Francofonia" is an audacious addition to the 64-year old's stellar filmography.

  • A Hologram for the King

    A Hologram for the King 2015

    ★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    Tom Tykwer reunites with Tom Hanks ("Cloud Atlas") for a modernized comedy take on "Lawrence of Arabia" which never quite lives up the it's bonkers opening scene and, by the end, it loses direction entirely and just gets Damn weird (in a bad way). This movie has no idea what it wants to be.

    It abandons so many storylines by the end.

    Though, it's still light years better than "The Terminal".