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  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Todd Gaines Watched by Todd Gaines 24 Feb, 2015 72

    Damien Chezelle's tale of a boy, his drums, and a teacher that speaks ever so loudly, and carries the biggest stick of badass this side of the Academy Awards, in one of the most heart pounding cardiac arrest breathtaking intense movies I've ever seen. The opening beat. The opening shot. The first time J.K. Simmons speaks. Groovy funky jazzy music makes all movies better. RIFIFI is the shit. Carter Burke? I knew Miles Teller was going to be special after…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Jonathan White Watched by Jonathan White 20 Feb, 2015 60

    Before my parents married, my father was studying to be a concert pianist at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; the upper echelon of musical academies up here in the Great White North. Before that, while still at home in New Brunswick, he would spend his weekends playing in a swing dance band; This is where he met my mum. He spent his weekday evenings practicing at home.

    My grandfather, a colonel in the Canadian army, advocated his…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Todd Gaines Watched by Todd Gaines 23 Feb, 2015 39

    Colin Firth as a secret agent who dresses like James Bond, shoots like John Wick, and fights like Iko Uwais, in Matthew Vaughn's adrenaline pumping action packed shoot 'em up that's heavy on the kill count and bloodier than a Bloody Mary. Dire Straits ain't no joke. Snow globes. Duct tape sometimes hurts. Luke Skywalker without his lightsaber. Going all Oscar Pistorius on a motherfucker. Samuel L. Jackson's lisp. Sir Michael Caine is acting royalty, but for the most part…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Naughty Watched by Naughty 26 Feb, 2015 14

    An emotionally grueling experience! When Fletcher's nostrils and temper flared I braced myself for the egregious onslaught of mental and physical abuse that would surely follow!

    Having witnessed Fletcher's violent outbursts I half expected to see a geiser of arterial blood spray to burst forth from his bulging veins! The man was a beast! His venomous tongue lashings made me cringe and sink deeper in my chair! When he totally lost it and became physical I was gripped by paralyzing…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ SilentDawn Rewatched by SilentDawn 23 Feb, 2015 28

    I was wrong.

    I don't normally say that. With cinema, I usually stay true to my reaction after a first viewing, with subsequent rewatches confirming my opinion on the film as a whole. To say that I was wrong about a film doesn't bother me, but It may seem weird to some on here considering that the film has just won Best Picture and I recently rewatched it and found it worse. Honestly, I don't know what happened on this…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Peaceful Stoner Watched by Peaceful Stoner 28 Feb, 2015 43

    Oh My Outrageous God! Have I finally found the answer to the question that I once thought would never be answered: What if there is a character who is not a super-hero, does not possess any super-human strength, is perfectly human, but is also a God like phenomenon and is one who will be respected, revered and feared like a God within a film? Which of these would eventually be more satisfying, a life of persevering love and culminating in…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Lise Watched by Lise 20 Feb, 2015 32

    Wow.

    This is by far the best middle finger salute to the "paint your feelings" school of education. How refreshing! Simmons deserves all the accolades he's getting and then some for his portrayal of a Jazz musician turned teacher looking to preserve the future of his beloved music by trying to cultivate the next Charlie Parker. Does he go to far? Probably. Is it true that "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job"?…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Naughty Watched by Naughty 28 Feb, 2015 10

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

    What's the message the film is trying to convey about marriage I asked myself! Perhaps it was a PSA (public service announcement) like the one that played every night at 10 PM asking parents if they knew where there children were! Except this time the question is husbands do you know what your wife is plotting behind your back!

    Or is it simply saying do you really know the person you married! I mean come on everyone puts on their…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Naughty Watched by Naughty 28 Feb, 2015

    A film that encompasses so much territory where does one even begin!

    Riggan (Michael Keaton) was once a big time movie star known as Birdman and is now suffering from some form of mid-life crisis! He is riddled with a feeling of inadequacy, incessantly questioning his relevance and more importantly the legacy he'll leave behind when he leaves this life! His fragile ego starved for recognition and more importantly validation convinces him to pursue the lofty goal of writing, directing…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★½ Simon 'Driver' Ramshaw Watched by Simon 'Driver' Ramshaw 14 Feb, 2015 35

    Eyes Wide Shit.

  • The Impossible 2012

    ★★★ CinemaClown Watched by CinemaClown 27 Feb, 2015 8

    From the director of Spanish chiller The Orphanage, The Impossible arrives as a disaster film based on the true account of a close-knit family. However, no matter how spellbinding some of its key sequences look or how strong the performances are, the film unfortunately falls short of making its desired impact & is marred by its very own manipulative premise.

    The Impossible tells the story of a close-knit family vacationing in Thailand during December 2004 but their Christmas celebration is cut…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    DirkH Watched by DirkH 17 Feb, 2015 38

    Shade 1: Drab
    Shade 2: Dull
    Shade 3: redeeming factor 1-The removal of some of the laughable dialogue of the novel
    Shade 4: Tedious
    Shade 5: Tiresome
    Shade 6: Trite
    Shade 7: Made me crave for Target shampoo so I could wash the Grey out of this shit.
    Shade 8: Cheap
    Shade 9: Unambitious
    Shade 10: Po faced
    Shade 11: Seriously lacking some 70s porn music
    Shade 12: Seriously lacking any kind of music that's a fitting accompaniment to any…

  • Gremlins 1984

    ★★★★ Naughty Watched by Naughty 01 Mar, 2015 4

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    It's not Christmas in my house until Mrs. Deagle learns to fly (the hard way) and household appliances become deadly weapons!

    Director Joe Dante created the perfect holiday film by highlighting everything we love about Christmas and then he desercrates it royally! If Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives of Courier and Ives fame could see what Dante did to this picturesque small town all decked out…

  • Power/Rangers 2015

    Todd Gaines Watched by Todd Gaines 01 Mar, 2015 27

    A short film reimagining of the Power Rangers directed by Joseph Kahn and starring James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, the yakuza baddie from the final season of True Blood, a hot as fuck adult film star, some guy that looks nothing like Jason David Frank, and a lot of other faces that aren't too familiar. Does it work? Sorta. If this was real, what a tease the opening sequence would've been. That teaser trailer might've broken the Internet. Casting…

  • Fargo 1996

    ★★★★★ TOSD Rewatched by TOSD 25 Feb, 2015 18

    Oh Jeez, this is my darn tootin' favorite Coen film and one heck of a masterpiece, yah?

  • Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Josiah Morgan Watched by Josiah Morgan 01 Mar, 2015 24

    "Don't you wanna go... where the rainbow ends?

    This is a bravura step forward in filmmaking.

    When your film opens with the shot of a woman getting undressed, you know you're in for something sexually provocative. However, sexual provocation doesn't always lead to a good film experience. But it does usually lead to a memorable one. Well - Eyes Wide Shut is a good experience, and a memorable one.

    Eyes Wide Shut is more than a normal film, perhaps the…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★★ Esteban Gonzalez Watched by Esteban Gonzalez 26 Feb, 2015 2

    “There are some sins that you commit that you can't come back from, you know, no matter how hard you try. You just can't.”

    The Drop is my kind of film and that is why I am able to look past the predictability of the story and simply enjoy the movie for what it is: a low level gangster film with an outstanding cast. If you are the kind of person who prefers spectacular car chases and heavy shooting in…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Aaron Added by Aaron 33

    “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job.’”

    “Lucky for you, you’re here for rock bottom. You absolute horror of a human being.” So says Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear) to Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) in James L. Brooks’ As Good as It Gets. It is a rare moment of outspokenness for the usually meek and conciliatory Simon, but in one’s darkest hour politesse has a way of evaporating like so many spilled tears. And…