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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    I honestly don’t quite know whether this is some sort of millennial masterpiece or a steaming pile of shit.

    I do know that I (briefly) felt compelled to write quite a long piece on this film, and that, while watching, I was enjoying whatever it is I was given.

  • Ordinary People

    Ordinary People 1980

    ★★★★ Added

    I never saw this film previously because it seemed depressing for the sake of being depressing, and I was pissed it won Best Picture over Raging Bull (which it definitely should not have).

    This is a touching drama about grief and its effects on us and those around us. The performances here are breathtaking, and Redford’s handling of these characters and their world is empathetic and gentle.

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  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Added

    With 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen delivers a staggering cinematic exploration of evil and endurance, bringing the brutalities of slavery to life in unflinching - often unbearable - detail.

    While his direction is the real marvel here - chock-full of breathtaking long-takes and stunning compositions, not to mention jaw-dropping cinematography by Sean Bobbit - it's Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender's (and Lupita Nyong'o, though I feel the praise for her is slightly undeserved - at least the amount of…

  • After Earth

    After Earth 2013

    ½ Added

    Less than ten minutes into this film, I knew I was watching the worst film of the year. Seconds later, I came the realization that Jaden Smith would be delivering the worst performance I've seen in more than a year. An hour and a half later I came the realization that I'll never get that hour and forty minutes back. I also came to the realization that I just experienced a completely useless, empty film. I also had a headache.…