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  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2013 2

    Dazzling tech demo stretched into a fairly nondescript disaster movie.

    If you're one of those people comparing this to Kubrick's 2001 then you deserve to be punched in the face. I find it insulting that one of the medium's greatest thematic and symbolic works of art is being compared with a more technically dazzling version of Apollo 13.

    Don't get me wrong, I liked Gravity and I sat in literally the most perfect seats imaginable (back row, dead center Lincoln…

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2013

    Honestly, I can't even fully process Spike Jonze's latest. I will say, it is astounding that Hollywood studios can release garbage week after week, month after month...and then give the green light to something like Spike Jonze's Her. Kudos to Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Ellison (the fairy godmother of American cinema right now) and yes, even you Warner Bros. I feel bad for all of you who have to wait another 2-3 months to see it. It is most definitely one of the year's best.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jan, 2014

    3 things I immediately take from THE WOLF OF WALL STREET:

    1.) There is perhaps more movie bang-for-the-buck in this than any other movie I've seen in the last year. There's just so much movie here, it's bursting at the seams.

    2.) The only way WOLF promotes or glorifies Jordan Belfort and what goes on in the film is if you find any or all of it appealing. There is so much drug use, I gagged a bit towards the…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★ Watched 14 Jan, 2014 2

    You all have been hoodwinked by a plethora of con men, both fictional and real. That's the only explanation I can come up with.

    What a mess.

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2013

    It's fun, but it's also pretty slight. Not GDT's best film (not even close) and I was having trouble getting into it until the big Hong Kong battle royale at the midway point. You get used to its style, but I don't really understand why nearly every action/battle scene had to be done at night and in the rain.

    I kind of wish the kaiju design was a bit more varied as - except for a few distinguishing differences -…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2012

    Easily one of the best films of 2012 and Wes Anderson's best since The Royal Tenenbaums. Charming, funny, but still retaining that trademark Anderson deadpan and style which works better and is more modulated here. The performances are wonderful, particularly from the child actors (which is a credit to them and to Anderson). One of only a handful of films from the past year which I would love to watch multiple times in a year. Just a lovely film and a great fantastical version of childhood, summers, camps and first loves.

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2012

    Looper is special. Actually, it's S-P-E-C-I-A-L.

    It took me both 6 seconds and 6 days to figure that out. I saw it, thought about it every few hours for the next five days, then saw it again. I had to. Rian Johnson's time-travel yarn practically demands it. This is the third film from Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) and it is clearly his best. Where before the director was in the early stages of his professional career and finding his…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Dec, 2012

    Second viewing was in 48fps. And it was...weird. It's the best-looking 3D image I've seen from a technical standpoint. I never had to readjust my glasses or head (and since I wear regular glasses, that matters) and it was just such an easy viewing experience. That said, while I didn't hate the HFR, I never got used to it. I suppose it's possible this might be "the norm" 10-15 years from now and we'll look back at the hand-wringing as…

  • Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 03 May, 2013

    I expected a lot of things from IRON MAN 3, but I'm not sure I expected a Marvel TERMINATOR comedy. Not that that's a bad thing. It plays way more like a comedy than I thought it would, even with Shane Black at the helm.

    There are some dark aspects to it, but the trailers were a bit misleading since it really doesn't show all the banter and one-liners. Again, that's not a bad thing. Nice surprise actually. It honestly…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★½ Watched 16 Jun, 2013 2

    Man of Steel is a rank embarrassment.

    I don't know if I have the energy to list or write 2,000 words in regards to everything I hated about Man of Steel, but my current Top 3 probably looks something like this:

    1) Zack Snyder...I just knew it.
    2) The script (aka David Goyer going all "Superhero Movies For idiots" on us). "Release the world engine!" is unintentionally hilarious and "This man is not our enemy" is unbelievably cringe-worthy. And that's…

  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Apr, 2012

    I don't know if The Cabin in the Woods heralds the end of horror as we know it, as some have suggested. It feels like a rebirth more than anything. This is a film that not only plays with and satirizes the conventions and boundaries of horror and horror-comedy, it lays down a challenge to everything that follows in its wake. It's not only one of the most intelligent horror films of recent years, but one of the most intelligent…

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2013

    Make way people...the summer has been saved! Unsurprisingly, we can thank Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for it. Because The World's End is awesome and so very clearly the best mainstream movie of the summer...and maybe the year.

    The Simon Pegg Oscar Nomination Campaign starts here. And I'm only half kidding.

    I literally cannot wait until the drink-a-long screenings. I'll probably write more...once I sober up.