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  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple 1984

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    What is it about the neo-noir genre that attracts first-time filmmakers? Is it that the genre is minimalistic in nature, necessitating a well-constructed script and exceptional performances over high production value? Or is it because bad guys with guns and sexy ladies are cool? Either might be the case for the Coen brothers and their debut film, Blood Simple. Even though the brothers raised funds for the production by going door-to-door and used an array of homemade camera rigs, with…

  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe 2016

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2016

    “I think people are perverts. I’ve maintained that. That’s been—­that’s the foundation of my career.” – David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo bonus features.

    From the ever-looming god-like camera, to the contrast between warm and cold colors, to the striking insert shots, visually Don’t Breathe shares, or borrows, a lot of David Fincher’s signature motifs. Breaking down the premise of Don’t Breathe, we see that it’s very similar to Fincher’s 2002 thriller Panic Room. Three thieves looking for…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Nov, 2016

    Shades Were Made For Lovely Days Like This: A Look at Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome

    Director George Miller states in a promo video for the release of Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome that he believes this is the best version of the film. Having seen a black and white dupe of The Road Warrior during post-production, he was intrigued with how the removal of color made the movie feel more “abstract” and “iconic”. Decades later, Miller went…

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Mar, 2014

    [This is from my original Top 10 of 2010 post. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD placed number 1 on my list. Save for a few grammatical errors, I wouldn't change a thing about what I said back then.]

    From the incredible opening credits to the final touching moments, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the most innovative, energetic, fun, and best movie of the year and recent memory.

    The movie is perfect.

    Edgar Wright has been honing his style for…