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  • This Is 40 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Nov, 2012

    Judd Apatow has emerged as one of the strongest, most honest voices in comedy today, which acts as both a strong and self-affecting suit. His films are sprawling with emotions, often brutally true for better and worse; while he encapsulates so much of the age-group he wants to clearly define, he also appeals to broad audiences here, allowing for us to laugh at these characters and all their faults. They are numerous, and Apatow doesn’t shy away from that, putting…

  • Killing Them Softly 2012

    ★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2012

    Killing Them Softly is one of the year’s most profound disappointments. It’s a film that doesn’t understand subtlety, doesn’t hold any strong or identifiable characters, and contains a story that we’ve heard many times before and in a more appropriate manner. Gangster films can have inherent symbol, act as their own type of allegory, project upon our society what we so often want to see: attacks on consumerism, corporations, and the business-oriented mentality of our society. Yet what this film…

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  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011

    ★★★ Watched 01 May, 2012

    It’s dangerous for a modern film to really have no distinguishable stars under 60, sell itself as a romantic comedy, and attempt to appeal to all ages. For those reasons, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel doesn’t necessarily work on many levels, as the film is rather inconsequential, but it’s also light-hearted, energetic when it has no reason to be, and filled with very good acting all-around. Nighy is the spotlight, bringing the perfect blend of comedy and drama when need…

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Aug, 2012 1

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the year’s best films for a variety of reasons, but its intense emotional pull and immediate connection with my life was uncanny. I saw so much of my high school life, the friendships I made, the views I had on certain elements of it all that just wrecked me emotionally. The performances here are brilliant, first and foremost, not just because they encapsulate what these characters need to say about their…