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  • Draft Day 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    The surprise of the year. Sharply written, expertly paced and acted moral tale about following your gut vs. relinquishing control to mass/media hysteria. Has a real Pakula vibe going on in that it explores the processes of professional compromise through a sincerely rendered human perspective. Costner is excellent here, an old school warrior burned by his origin ideology and momentarily swayed by the new religion of hype. A football film without any football but plenty of verbal collisions and mental spin moves.

  • Starred Up 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Sep, 2014

    The roughest elementary school in cinema history.

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  • Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2013 1

    In this postmodern acid wash nightmare called 21st century America, some of us no longer have the ability to register rock bottom. We just spiral deeper into the neon abyss, documenting our own demise by way of pop culture and ego and delusion. Complex emotion is meaningless. The momentum of deceit is unstoppable. Those contemplating the limits of excess are either delusional or weak, unnecessary, disposable. As a result, the Culture teaches us to be cold, unfeeling, and obsessive to the pursuit of nothing else but those boobies y'all. We are what we lust after, and we are lusting after self-destruction. Mission Accomplished.

  • To the Wonder 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2013

    The toxicity of emotional stagnation is all encompassing. It seeps from the ground, drifts like dust in the air, lingers on the wind's breath, infecting us all no matter how hard we try to avoid it. "I'd hoped to never love again..." but is there another conceivable path? It starts from a place of instinctual bliss and slowly evolves toward an unthinkably silent, confused state of indecision and panic, or everyday life. Malick is once again measuring all things great…