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  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2014

    This vicious, bruising, downright mean-spirited, and just plain violent martial arts/crime film epic is unlike anything out there these days. Despite the convoluted and excessively long plotting that gets our hyper-talented protagonist Rama where he needs to be to kick some major ass, he gets there and you forget we ever spent the first half of the film setting up double crosses and triple crosses that don't really resonate.

    You'll likely never see choreography that's so on-point, so stunningly captured,…

  • The Raid 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Apr, 2014

    A re-watch before heading out to see the sequel. Still as hard-hitting, aggressive, and thrilling as ever. A prime example of the less-is-more approach. Give us a protagonist, give us a reason to like him, place him in danger. Aces. Just aces.

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  • Before Midnight 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Jun, 2013 3

    What can be said about this film that hasn't already been said? It's absolutely the finest example of romantic cinema today, and the three films as a whole... the finest examples of romantic cinema since the 40s (yes, that's when Casablanca came out.)

    Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy have written what I think will end up being considered the criterion standard of cinematic relationship exploration.

    Our favorite couple Jessie and Celine are back, nine years after their fateful rekindling in France,…

  • Triangle 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2013 1

    What a mind bender. I will have to watch this again to see it all through, but man oh man, I loved this film.

    Half Memento, half genre film, half fever dream (yes, that's three halves, but it's that kind of movie)... Triangle is a constant thrill, filled with many memorable set pieces, and lots to think about afterward. It won't leave you confused, but it will leave you with itching to see it again.

    An absolute joy.