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  • Locke 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Locke is being dubbed as a "gimmicky" film, and it's not an untrue statement. However, gimmicky doesn't mean lacking in quality. Several chamber piece-style films have had a very particular approach and been great films and Locke fits firmly within that categorization. Tom Hardy gives a stunningly good performance as the titular character. He's always been a good actor but there's a difference between good and the ability to capture the audience's attention as the sole on-screen character for the…

  • The November Man 2014

    ★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    Pierce Brosnan brings his A game as an old spy brought in from the cold, but he isn't able to elevate The November Man above the level of mediocrity. Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek's script is too worn and familiar, leaving the plot twists obvious and telegraphed while Roger Donaldson struggles to assemble it all into something enjoyable. Supporting characters fall short despite good work from Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and the rest while the action scenes are solid but hollow…

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  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2012 1

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…

  • Reservoir Dogs 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 10 Aug, 2014

    Film #7 in Operation: Rewatch My Blu-Rays I Haven’t Seen In A Long Time

    Tarantino's first film holds up beautifully twenty years later. It isn't quite as complete or stylized of a film as his later epics and the storyline is far more basic, but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable piece of work punctuated by some really great performances. At the time Tarantino was overly obsessed with his dialogue, which is understandable because it was (and still is) his strongest…