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  • The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2014

    The key to THE IMITATION GAME arrives at about its halfway point. While being interrogated by the police, Alan Turing explains a theory he’s working on and how it is built around a game. The game is to determine whether the person you converse with is being truthful, or telling great deceits; whether they are “man or machine”. What it underlines is that in order to keep a secret, one has to be a good liar. It then begs the question, what great good could possibly require such duplicity…and should we wonder about those who are good liars?

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  • Top Five 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2014

    We forget sometimes that some very funny people have found a higher level of success by “going legit”. They dial down the goofy, dial down the raunch, and follow a script. If it works, entire generations will see them as a weightier talent than the fans who were drawn to them as loveable goofballs. So many, for instance never think of Emma Thompson’s time with Footlights. Scores forget about Tom Hanks’ run on “Bosom Buddies”. Even Bill Murray has refined…

  • Wild 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2014

    "Isolation is a strange sensation. It can creep into our psyche despite being in a room with over one hundred people…or living in a city of millions. Something about our make-up or our situation leaves us thinking that nobody is there for us…nobody understands us. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it’s only our body’s chemistry misfiring. No matter what the reasoning, such loneliness is wickedly suffocating.

    It’s almost enough to make one pack a bag and just start walking..."

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  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    They say that to get the full scope of something, you need to step back. When we stand too close, we become one with whatever it is we are considering and find ourselves caught up in minutiae. When we get some distance, we are able to get the full picture – for better and for worse. It’s often with space and distance that we can really understand things as they really are, and how they affect truly us.

    INTERSTELLAR wants us to step way back...

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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    "We like to tell ourselves that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. We paint the media as a pack of jackals that feed on the blood and bodies of our weak and sell it to us as a public service. We like to believe that in an age of GoPros and camera phones that we are being more invasive than we ever have. We forget though, that we used to kill people in town squares. We…

  • Fury 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    "Sometimes film offers us a glimpse of something other. Not something other than ourselves or our lives, but something other than what it has decided to be. That glimpse can often do more harm than good, since it gets us thinking about possibilities…but we can hardly be blamed for thinking these thoughts.

    For instance “What if there was a better way?”…or “What if this scene was the whole movie?”."

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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    "There’s something to be said for being unaware. Human beings like getting from point A to point B without thinking about the route, the schedule, the mechanics of taking the steps. Often when we lose that unawareness, we begin to over think things. We become hyper-critical of ourselves and our world and find it hard to think about anything else. Does knowing too much about something breed contempt? Does seeing how the magic trick is performed ruin the illusion? Is there, in fact, virtue in ignorance?..."

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  • The Equalizer 2014

    ★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    "There’s nothing wrong with being unassuming. In a world where everybody pretends to be a celebrity living the high life, one wishes more people would keep their head down and keep to themselves. When they do, they develop a quiet confidence; an ineffable quality that emits wisdom and intelligence. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work to be unassuming. It requires a resistance to temptation that most of us just don’t have…whether that temptation is looking flash, or filming a hero walking slo-mo through the rain...."

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    "Every guy has been there. It’s a roomful of strangers, some he knows – some he doesn’t. The occasion for the gathering isn’t anything deeply personal, which is to say it’s nothing he can’t duck out of. In the middle of this, he sees a pretty face and realizes that face is one he’d like to get to know better. But how to do it?

    Ordinarily it comes by pretending to be someone you’re not. When that happens, we men…

  • The Boxtrolls 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    "A week or so ago, someone sent me a link they’d come across to a collection of fairy tales. The usual suspects were there of course: Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and the like. But then as I sifted through it, I discovered dozens and dozens of fairy tales I’d never even heard of before that seemed fascinating. Stories with titles like The Golden Blackbird, Toads and Diamonds, and Nunda – Eater of People. It seemed…

  • What If 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2014

    "25 years ago, one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time came into our lives and asked one key question:

    Can men and women be friends?

    It’s amazing to think that its been that long since WHEN HARRY MET SALLY first posed the question to us, especially when we think about how much has changed in the world around us. The very nature of relationships has changed, with some people just looking for company, some people looking for a…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    "There’s something to be said for the misfits. The teams that are not prototypical and the plans that seem like lunacy. That line between genius and madness? It can seem a little blurry at times. So why not try to extract brilliance from the truly insane? Why not turn your story over to characters largely unknown outside of a very small sliver of comic book readers? Why not give the ball to your bench squad for once?..."