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  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Added

    No lie: the first time I watched this film, I couldn't stop my teeth from chattering. I had to clench my jaw and go home so that I could pretend everything was normal. It's the most visceral reaction to a film that I've ever had. I can't remember the nightmares I've had that night or the few nights after because my subconscious has absorbed them to protect the conscious self. It's a sick, brilliant masterpiece. Honestly it should be rated…

  • Magic Mike

    Magic Mike 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    This could have been a movie about just Channing Tatum as a one-man stripper show and it would still have earned the same box office numbers. If anything, the studio would have made more money by not having to pay out Matthew McConaughey. This is not to say anything against McConaughey's equally awesome abs and acting ability but that Tatum has the moves to hypnotize all the women. One thing that mystified me for a hot minute was why Mike…

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  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2014

    I don't know why I resisted laughing in the beginning of this movie but I stopped being a party pooper at the appearance of the $37 cup of coffee. I especially loved the ridiculous dei ex machina when they were momentarily stuck out on the sea. Perhaps blasphemy to some but this felt like a nimbler rendering of the story the emotionally cumbersome Wreck-It Ralph tried to tell.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    As someone who read the book, I had my own preconceived notions of what Nick and Amy would look like or what Amy's diary voice would sound like. Though my version of Amy was a bit more shrill (yes, shrewlike) with a more constant state of narrowed eyes, Rosamund Pike brought a more subtle (and better, I admit) version to life that captivated me from the get-go. I mainly remember Pike as virtue personified in her role as Jane Bennet…