RSS feed for Rakestraw

Favorite films

Recent activity

All films

Recent reviews

More
  • Housebound 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    Horror-Comedy time with Gerard Johnstone's Housebound wherein a serial offender, Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly), gets a slap on the wrist for blowing up an ATM with a nine month house arrest sentence.

    A nine month !!!HAUNTED HOUSE!!! arrest sentence.

    The biggest flaw with Housebound is its run-time, clocking in at an unnecessary 107 minutes the film takes seemingly forever to get started. The first 45 minutes or so contain little to no comedy, only establishing (over and over again) that Kylie…

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014 2

    I wouldn't say Josh Boone's The Fault in Our Stars is an outright terrible film, but I will say that it's an uninspired, sentimental sapfest with a saccharine coating over a mushy, all-too-perfect inside.

    The acting is serviceable enough with Shailene Woodley, once again, being the high point. The soundtrack is decent in it's own way. And, the visuals...well, the visuals are...there are none let's be honest. There's no creativity within The Fault in Our Stars, it's just a step-by-step…

Popular reviews

More
  • The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 8

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Princess Mononoke 1997

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2014 6

    My mouth was agape, awestruck for the entire duration.

    I know I claimed Spirited Away to be the best animated film ever, but now I just don't know anymore. Are these two tied? Is this the best animated film? Is it still Spirited Away?

    Demon worms, rotting boar carcasses, cursed forearms, a red elk, bobblehead tree spirits, a goofy looking Forest God that turns into a giant, translucent glob of sparkling water, detached limbs and heads, wolves, hangry apes, more…