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  • Miss Meadows 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    You would think a cross between "Enchanted", "Mary Poppins" and "Hobo with a Shotgun" would be a match made in cinematic hell but the Katie Holmes star vehicle "Miss Meadows" is a delightful though very odd concoction.

    Miss Mary Meadows (Holmes) is a schoolteacher who looks and acts like a Disney princess and speaks in metaphor and bible verse. She tao dances, says "toodaloo" instead of goodbye and is always happy and chipper.

    She's also a gun toting vigilante.

    Miss…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    I saw "Laggies", "Nightcrawler" and "Birdman" all in the same day. "Laggies" was ok but slight, "Nightcrawler" was great and featured a knock 'em out performance by Gyllenhaal but "Birdman" was as close to a masterpiece as you'll see at a multiplex theater this year, a crackling satire about celebrity, fame, ego and Michael Keaton's career as well as a rollicking comedy that reinvents what we see as cinema with an Altmanesque charm. The film, with it's roving camera and…

  • Child of God 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    James Franco's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God", much like most of Franco's directorial efforts, is not for everybody but if your a fan of films like "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" or "Maniac" (either version), then your in for a creepy and unsettling tale of madness anchored by an Awards-worthy performance by Franco's current muse, up-and-coming actor Scott Haze.

    It's hard to say in words how amazing Haze is in this star-making performance as Lester Ballard. He's…

  • Young Ones 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    On it's surface, Jake Paltrow's dystopian sci-fi epic "Young Ones" is derivative of so many other filmmakers and films. It's part Gilliam, part Malick, part Kubrick, part Jodorowsky, part Tarr, part Spielberg, part "The Road", part "Dune", part "Blue Ruin" and part "Star Wars".

    But that's just on the surface.

    Deeper down, "Young Ones" is an odd, interesting and experimental dystopian familial revenge pic starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning.

    Lots of style (possibly over substance)…

  • Exhibition 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2014

    Just watched acclaimed director Joanna Hogg's latest "Exhibition". I was excited as this is my first Hogg though I have owned both of her previous films ("Unrelated" and "Archipelago") on region 2 DVD since last Christmas. it takes 43 full minutes for anything really important to happen in it but I have to say, if your willing to put up with a slow-burn, "Exhibition" is easily a great piece of cinema that will reward great pleasures for patient viewers. Pure…

  • Kite 2014

    Watched 10 Oct, 2014

    "Kite" is a near-plotless, gaudy and gruesomely cartoonish pseudo-feminist male masturbatory fantasy, based on a supposedly classic Anime series (no surprise there) filled with scenes of it's scantily clad 21-year old star India Eisley blowing people up, seducing men and injecting herself with drugs so she can continue killing people.... Y'know, cause it empowers women! Actually, this film --- clearly designed to turn on teenage boys with it's mix of near-nudity and violence --- ends up instead making "Kick Ass"…

  • Copenhagen 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2014

    Part "Before Sunrise", Part the Timothy Hutton/Natalie Portman storyline from "Beautiful Girls", Mark Raso's "Copenhagen" is a romantic drama that eschews most (if not all) of the typical tropes and cliches of the genre and because of that, and the chemistry of the two leads, makes it one of the best movies of 2014 and easily a must-see if you like romance movies.

    Sure, the couple at the heart of the film meets cute when Effy, a waitress at a…

  • Obvious Child 2014

    ★★½ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    My sure-to-be controversial review of the otherwise universally praised "Obvious Child"....

    I didn't hate it. I just don't get the hype surrounding it. It's a perfectly serviceable comedy that reminded me of Lake Bell's "In A World...." From last year and I totally felt the same way about that movie, which was also heaped with praise (though not as much). My big problem with this movie, which has some seriously funny moments but overall is just kind of, you know,…

  • Not Waving But Drowning 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Sep, 2014

    Featuring the ubiquitous Adam Driver in a supporting role, Devyn Waitt's brilliant and fascinating film "Not Waving But Drowning" manages to take a tired old coming-of-age movie trope (two young women yearning to escape their small podunk town ---- in this case, one just outside of Orlando, Florida) and turns it into a glorious cinematic masterpiece about female friendship (and friendship in general) and featuring the best score and soundtrack I've heard in a while.

    The film focuses on best…

  • The Scribbler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    "The Scribbler" is to former "Melrose Pace" star Katie Cassidy what "Excision" was to former "90210" star AnnaLynne MacCord.

    Based on a graphic novel "The Scribbler" is basically a mixture of "Sucker Punch", "Sin City" and a smidgen of Jonas Åckerlund's underseen gem "Small Apartments". If that sounds painful to you then you probably shouldn't watch "The Scribbler", a film layered with metaphor and weird visuals.

    It's a strange film but I quite liked it.

    The aforementioned former "Melrose Place"…

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2014

    Lenny Abrhamson's "Frank" was probably one of the most hyped-up films of 2014. You probably know it as the "Michael Fassbender Wears a Paper Mâché mask on his head" movie. Thing is, it is so much more than that, "Frank" is surely one of the best movies of 2014, for real.

    Based very very VERY loosely on the popular British tv character Frank Sidebottom, the film tells the story of a struggling songwriter played by Domnhall Gleeson who finds himself…

  • Jamie Marks Is Dead 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    Be forewarned: Carter Smith's "Jamie Marks is Dead" is the kind of macabre melodrama that features a scene of a teenage couple discussing what they want their own respective funerals to be like as foreplay to an aggressive (but clothed) sex scene. If that sounds like your cup of tea and you love the films of Gus Van Sant and Gregg Araki and Cam Archer then continue reading this review. If it doesn't sound like your cup of tea and…