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  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    "By taking the video game structure and grafting it on to a class struggle, SNOWPIERCER dares to do more. It easily could have leaned back on its haunches and settled on being just a movie about a brawl on a train. However, by painting its picture in the colours of the class divide, the movie gains a resonance that most summer action flicks sorely miss. The funny thing about that resonance, is that we often forget we’re missing it since so many action flicks sidestep it completely. It’s almost happening so frequently that audiences don’t know what they’re missing out on.


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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    " makes us remember what our parents told us when we were small. It’s tangible in the way our children asked us harder questions when they got tall. It understands that while none of us will ever know what it feels like to flee a giant lizard or fly a mighty dragon, that we have all looked at a beautiful person of the opposite sex and wanted to kiss them. We’ve all wanted to be better than our parents, and…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014

    What does it mean to evolve? Is it strictly about what we are physically capable of – standing upright and having opposable thumbs? Is it only about being able to speak and be understood? Or is it perhaps what we do with that increased dexterity and what we say in our speaking voices?

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  • The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jul, 2014

    "In a weird co-incidence, I found myself sitting in a cinema on The 4th of July watching a film about early 20th century American immigrants. When the co-incidence sprang to mind, I couldn’t help but think about the current state of immigration in America (and Canada) and the testy conversations that sparks. I began to wonder what our grandparents would think of these conversations…or our great-grandparents. The same hardships and prejudices we direct at current foreigners looking to our countries for hope was once directed at our own families. THE IMMIGRANT is their plea, their prayer, and their passage..."

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  • Obvious Child 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jun, 2014

    "...Any time a film has the guts to be authentic, it’s a reason to celebrate. While movies can serve as escapism and a way to get away from the sorts of predicaments Donna finds herself in, they can also be a mirror. They can remind us that even when we feel like we are at our most-mixed-up, and cannot possibly come up with “the right answer”, that we aren’t the first person to feel that way…nor will we be the…

  • Jersey Boys 2014

    ★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2014

    "Just before the credits, the film hits us with a curtain call of “Cherie” and “Oh What a Night!”…and it’s glorious. The sequence is fluid, it’s joyful, it’s raucous, it’s intricately staged, splendidly shot, and wonderfully dreamlike. It makes audiences clap and sing, and hits us square in the chest since it feels like such a shift in gears from the everything we’ve just seen over the last two hours. It’s everything JERSEY BOYS should have been…but wasn’t...."

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  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2014

    "When one looks back at the golden age of animated films, one sees movie after movie that featured some truly frightening sequences. Often times, these sequences could even result in the demise of a major character. For years, animation has slowly been drifting away from this sort of story trope, perhaps in the notion that it was “too much” for kids. However, one wonders if such direction is actually a disservice to children watching the cartoons that they watch. Rather…

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jun, 2014

    The name of the game is problem solving. When given scarce details, how many of us have what it takes to work our way out of a situation? How many of us will try the exact same play in the exact same way again and again hoping that it works this time? More of us than might care to admit, I imagine.

    So the trick – like any gamer will tell you – is to look to understand the complete…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★ Watched 23 May, 2014

    At this stage, I can only hope that we’re ready to go somewhere new. These actors are still fun to watch when they put on these particular capes and cowls, so more of the same might not be the worst thing in the world. However, it’s been almost fifteen years of this. To underline that just a little bit more, the first time we watched Hugh Jackman let loose his claws, Bill Clinton was still in office. DAYS OF FUTURE…

  • Godzilla 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 May, 2014

    "... In the end, GODZILLA wants more to focus on the power of nature than the intricacies of man – which is what allows it to stand out from other films of its ilk. Unfortunately it’s what holds it back from standing out as a film. Still, we can’t knock it for that – after all, the film makes a promise, and it kept that promise.

    What more do we want?"

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  • Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2014

    "It all seems so goddamned sexy. Eternal youth, endless talent, the ability to look and move like no other creature on this planet. It’s no wonder that we’re all so enamoured by The Children of The Night. They make it look so cool, so poetic. They get to hold tight to the best part of life and dodge all of the rest. What they don’t always tell us though, is that it comes with a price. It involves a lot…

  • Oculus 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    "Despite them not being physically present, we have contained within our own reflections our wants, our regrets, our flaws, and our memories. The idea that our reflection would be able to prey upon these intangible feelings is messed up. It’s bad enough that we see these things when we look in the mirror – I’m not sure we’re ready to handle the mirror being able to see them too."

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