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  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2015 22

    For all the hype this film is getting, it is kind of boring, isn't it? I assume the film is contentious because of its point, although I don't know what that is, or most likely for its raison-d'etre in the first place. But all that aside, the film fails at being interesting, captivating, dramatic or informative. It is just that plain story of the soldier who fights and comes home a changed man. Nothing wrong with that per se, but…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015 32

    Wow.

    This is by far the best middle finger salute to the "paint your feelings" school of education. How refreshing! Simmons deserves all the accolades he's getting and then some for his portrayal of a Jazz musician turned teacher looking to preserve the future of his beloved music by trying to cultivate the next Charlie Parker. Does he go to far? Probably. Is it true that "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job"?…

  • Big Hero 6 2014

    Watched 18 Feb, 2015 6

    Big Hero 6 is all kinds of wrong.

  • New World 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015 2

    Borrowing from Infernal Affairs and Election in parts, this tale about a gang come undone and the cops who have a hand in it is as captivating an action/suspense/drama film as I've seen in the last couple of years. It isn't a perfect film by any stretch but once it grabs you it doesn't let go. Well worth the ride.

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2015 1

    Frank is a lovely, quirky story. Frank's world is brought to life most intimately through a secluded set in the woods, a specific goal of recording an album, and secondary characters that tend to be unique if not necessarily fleshed out. We might not know who Frank is under his mask but we come to know what he is like, enough to expect certain behaviour from him. We like Frank, we root for him, and we want to see him…

  • In the Mood for Love 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2015 8

    This isn't a review, because I never could review this film. It is too precious to me. It is to enveloping, too beautiful, too charming and just plain too of everything.

    No, this isn't a review. This is about something new that I encountered while watching this, my favourite film. I was showing it to three friends who had never seen it (and one who had). Four friends who love film. Four friends who knew it was my favourite, and…

  • The Boxtrolls 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2015 7

    This film has me in a little bit of corner. I'm a huge proponent of seeing films blind and judging them accordingly based on a whole slew of very fluid criteria. In that respect The Boxtrolls was ok. It was fascinating in the beginning because it was so original, but it lost a bit of steam because some of the characters weren't fully formed, there were pacing issues, and some scenes were terribly long for no reason. So that's the…

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2015 24

    Equal parts hilariously stupid, earnest sci-fi and decent action/thriller, Lucy is master of none but remains a decent ride if you go in not expecting much.

    The main question, what would happen to someone who could access more than 10% of her brain's power, is interesting and certainly suspenseful. Who doesn't wonder about that? The question is asked within an action/thriller, which I suppose is smart as it almost guarantees a larger audience. It is framed by an academic researcher…

  • My Kid Could Paint That 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2015 4

    A documentary about a 5 year old whose paintings take the art world by storm thereby raising those nagging questions about art: can it be art when it is done by a 5 year old? Is the "making of art" intention required to make art? Does modern art have to be about something? Does it have to tell a story? Should a 5 year old's canvas be thought of differently than a 50 year old's canvas? A monkey's?

    And then…

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 235

    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015 38

    This is exactly what I would expect a Carl Hiaasen novel to look like when made into a film. Unfortunately I didn't read the Thomas Pynchon novel on which this film is based and that is no doubt a huge contributor to my dislike of the film. I couldn't follow it. I knew something was going on but I had no clue what that something was. So many characters were being introduced throughout the film without a proper introduction -…

  • Sleepless Night 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015 9

    Whoa, what a ride this was. The set-up and the first full 30 minutes if not more are so full-on action and twisty and energetic that I almost forgot to breathe. Impeccable timing, perfect writing, great acting, just what a thriller ought to be. It pretty much sustains its energy until the end as well. The main character is chased around the nightclub a few too many times and the very last few minutes were extraneous, but that is pretty…