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  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2015

    I don't like many horror movies, but It Follows is fantastic. David Robert Mitchell takes a simple premise and generates tension and suspense the genre hasn't enjoyed in years. The film is steeped in nostalgia, but manages to balance that beautifully with modern sensibilities. The cast is quite good and the pacing consistently holds up the freaky nature of what's transpiring. This effort is fine the way it is. We don't need to know more about where "It" came from. This is visceral horror that doesn't rely on cheap scares or manipulative tactics. I'm a big fan.

  • The Sheik

    The Sheik 2014

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2015

    This was a decent documentary, but it could have been a bit better. I loved all the information about his early life and immigration to the US, but it suffers from not being able to use clips from WWE. Director Igal Hecht also sticks close to a traditional documentary structure and while the rise and fall story is interesting, The Sheik clings too firmly to Wikipedia details. The most memorable parts are the horrible account of his daughter's death and…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2013

    "I'm never eating at Benihana again. I don't care whose birthday it is."

    The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese's 23rd feature and his 5th collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, is just damn brilliant.

    It is one of the best films of the year. Every cast and crew member is firing on all cylinders. I was tempted to say this is DiCaprio's Goodfellas in terms of his tenure under Scorsese's wing because it has more in common with that, but from a…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    The final 30-45 minutes of Nightcrawler contain some of the most gripping cinema you will see this year. It is an insane, adrenaline-fueled ending that will have the viewer on the edge of their seat, on pins and needles, white-knuckled, and any other overused critic line you can think of. I'm not sure how interested I would have been in Dan Gilroy's debut had it not been for the magnificent first trailer. The ones that followed weren't as crazy, but…