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  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    I'm a fan of this new trend in which old franchises are resurrected not through remakes or reboots, but through belated, direct sequels that honor their roots rather than trying to re-do and one up their predecessors. There is a fine line to be walked between fan service and creating a cohesive narrative (not to mention justifying the existence of the film beyond mere nostalgia), but TERMINATOR GENISYS actually manages to assert itself as an essential part of the TERMINATOR…

  • The Terminator

    The Terminator 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2015

    A machine from the future is sent back in time to kill the mother of the man who will one day lead the resistance that defeats the machines who take over earth in the movie that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star. Darker and grittier than its sequel, THE TERMINATOR remains a lean, mean piece of work, and the film that put director James Cameron on the map. While Cameron displays a love of goofy dialogue all the way back to…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.