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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Feb, 2015

    Boyhood was very good. Going into it I was so sick of hearing the "omg, took 12 years to make!" thing, but seeing the film it's impossible to imagine it would have been anywhere near as effective had they recast the kids or adults at different stages of their life. Performances are strong throughout, but very natural, so there's not alot of moments for anyone who particularly stand out. Of course my favorite character was Patricia's because she's a "strong"…

  • Heartburn

    Heartburn 1986

    ★★★ Watched 29 Nov, 2014

    Heartburn is a Mike Nichols-directed, Nora Ephron scripted 80s comedy/drama about the dissolution of a marriage. It's good, but exactly what you'd expect it to be, given the people behind it. The cast was phenomenal. Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Stockard Channing, and even a young Kevin Spacey in a small role. There's nothing terribly interesting about the plot, and it covers the usual themes of infidelity and neurotic behavior among upper middle class white people who…

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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2013

    Frances Ha is wonderful with a terrific script, a comedy that always works. It feels like a coming-of-age film, despite Frances being 27 years old. And while I don't think it's meant as any kind of negative social commentary, it perfectly captured the more and more prevalent extended period between being a student or someone who is totally reliant upon parents and being a responsible adult. The filmmakers poke fun at the idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of several of the characters…

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014 3

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The best and worst thing about Thanks for Sharing is that it's a comedy about addiction ruining people's lives. Keeping things relatively light made the film enjoyable. I liked all the performances, with the highlight being P!nk, of all people. The romance was cute enough, the pacing was excellent, and I was always rooting for the characters. I'm not 100% happy with the conclusion that neatly arranges the characters into a good place of growth, but I did find the…