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  • 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…

  • The Zero Theorem 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Featuring a bald Tilda Swinton rapping with a Scottish accent and Matt Damon looking like a dead ringer for Malcolm McDowell, Terry Gilliam's latest movie "The Zero Theorem" sure is tripping balls!

    And by tripping balls I mean it's weird, even weirder than you'd expect a movie with circus-looking people and singing pizza boxes to be.

    I guess you should expect a Gilliam movie to be weird but for some this film will be weird overload.

    The premise is essentially…

  • Jake Squared 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    "Jake Squared" sees Elias Koteas essentially doing an Abel Ferrara impersonation in a scenario that reads like a cross between "Synecdoche, New York" and the recent crop of doppelgänger films ("Enemy", "The Double", "Coherence", etc.) and it's an ambitious film that's ballsy as hell and boy does it work!

    It might not be a "perfect" movie but Harry Goldberg's film, which sees The former Casey Jones, Elias Koteas, playing Jake Klein, a 50-something filmmaker who looks and acts like a…

  • Where We Started 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    Very much a worthy successor to Jeff Lipsky's "Flannel Pajamas", Linklater's original "Before Sunrise" and other talky romantic dramadies of yore, Christopher J. Hansen's "Where We Started" is a refreshing, mature romantic film about a pair of people: a struggling actor who works on motorcycles to pay the bills and a housewife with a 4-year old son, who meet at a motel one evening and spend a night getting to know each other and flirting, talking about topics as varied…