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  • The Assassin

    The Assassin 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2016

    A very simple, short-worthy story extended out to feature length with art house direction. Incredibly dull, but impeccably made on all fronts. It should have definitely gotten a nomination for Cinematography, but with a film this slow, and a plot this plain, you can see why it got ignored by the Oscars.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2016

    Disappointed that this wasn't a flawless masterpiece after adoring Birdman. It's a simple revenge story told at a measured pace through a gorgeous art house lens. Leo should certainly win the Oscar, as should the cinematography, even if the overall story leaves you feeling just as cold as it's snow-covered environment. Revenge always leaves the broken man wanting it broken, and Hugh Glass' stare into the audience before the credits roll is a cleverly self-aware nod at this substance issue. Very good and supremely well made, but nothing truly new to cinema outside the arduous shoot.

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Sep, 2012

    To mention or attempt to compare this film to the Hunger Games would be doing a huge disservice to it. One film is pre-occupied with turning the concept of child murder into entertainment: Into building a sci-fi world around that concept, developing a straight-forward commentary about gladiatorial reality television, making it clear who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are within 5 minutes of the story starting, then throwing in the melodramatic love story here or there. The other film…

  • Airplane!

    Airplane! 1980

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2012 1

    No wonder this movie is always listed as one of the funniest ever made. It's completely random, it's stupid, it's irrelevant, it's got no character development whatsoever, and it's absolutely hilarious every step of the way.

    You really can't keep up with the jokes in Airplane. There's one every 20 seconds and every one is ridiculously funny. They're all really inventive and unique and you'll be saying to yourself "..the Hell?" half of the time with their irrelevance as you…