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  • Divergent 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 Feb, 2015

    Overlong and too bloodless to sell the stakes. And there are some character beats missing that would have given more weight to the events later in the film. But overall this was entertaining and different enough from other YA dystopia stuff.

  • The Last Five Years 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    Wow, what a depressing but amazing set of songs. You can tell that of the two leads, Anna Kendrick is the far better actor. With very little dialogue, she has to convey everything she is not singing through her face and gestures. She does so amazingly.

    Sometimes the non-chronological depiction of their story really worked, but some segments I would have preferred in order. The great songs are absolutely superb, but that means the few okay songs seem that much…

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    Not a film that ever feels scary, but I left the cinema uneasy anyway. The mood is masterfully set, as always, by David Fincher and his frequent collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The score and lighting can turn scenes that seem straight out of a romantic comedy into something foreboding. But this film isn't afraid to be funny either. It is definitely Fincher's most comical work and dark humor seems to be something he can do very well.

    The…

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    Jake Gyllenhaal terrified me in this. I was constantly made uncomfortable by him. But really, the true villain of this piece is the media. Between this and Gone Girl, the news has become the BIg Bad of 2014.