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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    "Tom Hardy....what an actor, what a man!"
    - Charlie Bronson


    More of an exercise in extreme kinetic bomasticity than an actual movie, this is top notch action.

    I don't agree with the people who say this is the best movie of 2015 (have you not seen "Maps to the Stars", "Lost River", "Jake's Road", "Clouds of Sils Maria", "White God", "Black Box" or the countless other 5 star movies I have already seen?) But for a movie of its type, this is as good as it gets.

    Just don't expect a whole lot of talking, character development or, you know, plot.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2016

    Finally saw the latest Star Wars movie (after months of nagging from Steven Carpenter lol love ya Steven!) And it was pretty Damn good. It's not high art like a Bela Tarr, Peter Greenaway or Alexander Sokurov movie (or "High Art" lol) but as far as mainstream, turn-your-brain-halfway-off popcorn fare goes, this probably can't be beat.

    Minor nitpick: the film sometimes feels like "Star Wars" fan fiction but thankfully it's at least GOOD star wars fan fiction and not BAD…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2015

    Though overlong (3 hours!?!?!?) and (I assume) probably heavily scientifically faulty, this newest Chris Nolan flickamajig sure is pretty to look at, though it kinda drags at points.

  • Birdman

    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…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2015

    The dark side of Spike Jonze's "Her", this is a fascinating, modern sci-fi masterpiece with 3 great performances at its core.

  • Alien

    Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Added

    In preparation for seeing "Prometheus", I watched "Alien" on Cinemax last night.

    It's a slow-burning methodical film that really holds up, even though some parts are so darned ubiquitous.

    "Prometheus" is almost certain to let me down now.....

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2012

    "Moonrise Kingdom" seems very much like a throwback to the coming-of-age movies of yesteryear, the kind of movies about childhood they hardly make outside of Europe anymore.

    Of course, this is still a Wes Anderson movie so there are plenty of "Andersonian" quirks to set the film apart from, say, "The Blue Lagoon" or "Paradise".

    It's also IMHO Anderson's 2nd best movie, right after "The Royal Tannenbaums".

    "Moonrise Kingdom" focuses on a pair of "emotionally disturbed" children (a boy and…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2015

    Though I had some problems with the movie, I ultimately found it to be a rather fun cross between a demented Harry Potter movie and a cartoony James Bond movie.

    For all its faults, it's still a fun ultraviolent ride.

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016 1

    I do consider myself a Denis Villeneuve fan because I love "Enemy" so much but I never saw "Incendies" (I've heard good things), "Polytechnique" (I've heard GREAT things) or "Prisoners", which is his best known movie but I don't think I could handle it.

    Now I've seen "Sicario" and it's.... ok. It's nowhere near as audacious as "Enemy" but as far as (here I go again) middlebrow entertainment goes, you can definitely do worse.

    It's not really my thing, too glossy, but it wasn't a bad movie.

    Benicio Del Toro is great in this though.

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2015

    One of the most buzzed about movies of 2015, director David Robert Mitchell's follow-up to the excellent "The Myth of the American Sleepover" is the still great but not as good John Carpenter-style throwback horror movie "It Follows".

    Everybody at this point knows the story of this film so I won't get into it but it's a legitamately creepy film with great performances from up and comers Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist and Lili Sepe.

    Pass it on.....

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2015

    A brilliant, near-nonsensical absurdist comedy from the master who made "The Master". Brilliant.

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2012 1

    I second everything Corey "Goon" Pierce said even though I liked it more than he did. Listen, this movie has been overhyped and overrated like crazy. This is not revolutionary, "game changing" filmmaking, it's just a pretty darn solid popcorn horror-comedy with good performances from Whitford, Jenkins and Fran Kranz as well as some cool cameos (although Jodelle Ferland is wasted which should be punishable by law!) I won't spoil the last half hour but the effects were terrible in…