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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 May, 2015

    A perfectly executed lesson in world-building, stunt-staging, editing and non-stop suspense from the (mad) mastermind George Miller also serves as a huge middle-finger to modern-day action "products" - it's fast, brutal, violent and, at times, utterly mad.

    We needed a film like this, and we got it - I'm not sure yet if I need a sequel, I just want to see this one again (and again) to soak in all the details!

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Dec, 2015

    It was everything I expected it to be (and I expected "Star Wars" from JJ Abrams, a.k.a. "Star Trek" with "Star Wars" characters), except that it's absolutely brilliant (yet unexpected) remake of "A New Hope", with a few bits of "Jedi" tucked in. Brilliant, but still a remake - for the new generation. Thankfully, we'll have less than few years to wait until the real adventures can begin (will they?).

    In all seriousness, an excellent fan-service, but JJ obviously was…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2014

    Sometimes too long, sometimes too absurd for it's own good, this quirky (and surprisingly gory) live-action version of "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is too charming to resist!

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jan, 2013

    2nd time it's even better than the first time - characters feel grander, dialogues feel funnier, OST feels cooler. Might even be my favourite Tarantino movie to date (or sharing throne with Pulp Fiction and Kill Bills).

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2014

    Quirky, funny, touching yet extremally powerful, this musical drama finally transforms Miles Teller from douchest to one of the most promising young actors of modern Hollywood, but (as always) absolutely brilliant JK Simmons still steals the show! One of the best films of the year.

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2014 1

    Los Angeles, in the not-so-distant future.
    A world where everyone and anyone is a creative person, a beautiful and unique snowflake - all mundane tasks are being done by robots. A young, promsing A.I., Samantha, meets the most self-centered, weak-minded and insecure douche of them all, Theodore, and in his image sees a reflection of human race - a world where everyone are solving a problems that aren't really a problems, because they don't have any real problems anymore. Disgusted,…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    What a bunch of A-holes!

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Mar, 2016

    As un-comicbook'y as mainstream comic-book films get, this is an absolute triumph and still sends chills down the spine by dozen. Also, a first time (and third viewing) when I completely forgot that Heath Ledger was behind the Joker and watched it as 100% real character.

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Sep, 2013

    In space, no one will hear you scream... of awesomeness!

    Daudzi noteikti pārmetīs filmai tukšumu, un nevietā - a) tas ir kosmoss un b) izlasiet šo: ej.uz/tarkovsky tā mēs visu varam kritizēt, bet te cilvēki beidzot uztaisīja filmu (nevis karuseli), kuras dēļ ir vērts aiziet līdz kino - ne tikai Jums, mani dārgie lasītāji, bet arī visiem pārējiem!

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 May, 2015 1

    Whoa! After losing it's mojo for a bit (Monsters University, Cars) under the heavy wing of Disney, the old Pixar is back with a vengeance with this brilliant, innovative and one-of-a-kind film!

    Animated "Oscar" is guaranteed, but is it studio's best film? It may very well be!

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2016

    In an era of streaming services, multiple screens, fragmented media, shady screeners and film festival screening binges it's sobering to block out straight 3 hours (2:28 for a film & the rest for extras in seamless mode) of your time to remind yourself of why do you love all this in the first place.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2016 7

    For me, a definite victim of an overhype (Inarritu, Lubezki, bear attack, overall viscerality), but I can appreciate films strengths, namely excellent cinematography, actors & overall poetic frontier brutality. Only it feels as intentions of all involved was to create an awards-contender/prestige picture instead of just a great film, and this is where joke about "Dicaprio desperately wants an Oscar" backfires, massively.

    Still, as a connoisseur of B-movies (I have seen the "Death Race" trilogy, after all) who often loves obviously…