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  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Todd Gaines Watched by Todd Gaines 20 Nov, 2014 69

    The revenge is brutal, swift, and quick, but it's only the beginning in this dirty gritty grimy modern noir that will leave you breathless. Bathtub bandit. Trash bag french fries. Kind cop. Gentle ocean waves. Maps have useful directions. More people should send postcards. Car alarms can be loud. Crowbars ain't no joke. Dwight's beard. The mood is tense as a motherfucker, and the musical score is done just right to keep you on the edge of your seat. Neck…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ DirkH Watched by DirkH 18 Nov, 2014 39

    If you're one of the three people in the universe that hasn't seen this film, there'll be spoilers here

    The Nolan Brothers are poor writers, something they prove once again with a high concept, beautifully shot but shoddily written script that overreaches its grasp at just about every turn. Christopher Nolan is a far better director than he is a writer, he really should direct something once that wasn't written by him or his brother.

    Interstellar is not a bad…

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★½ Bjorn Bouterse Rewatched by Bjorn Bouterse 23 Nov, 2014 2

    70/100

    Edge of Tomorrow is possibly the most unexpected film of 2014. No one saw this one coming but maybe that's what makes this film so great. Doug Liman's dazzling combination of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers offers a much more interesting and somewhat clever take on the modern blockbuster that everyone looking for an entertaining two hours should go and see. What works so well about the film is Tom Cruise who I must say I've have had some…

  • The Graduate 1967

    ★★★★★ Jonathan White Rewatched by Jonathan White 20 Nov, 2014 27

    Mike Nichols, the multi-disciplined artist, passed away yesterday. When I read the news, I was amazed at how accomplished he was. Not only film, but stage and performance as well. He was one of the few who achieved the EGOT. Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. In fact, he had more Tony’s than any other stage director. Although he helmed many memorable films, there is none more memorable to me than The Graduate.

    I don’t know when I first saw it,…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ CinemaClown Watched by CinemaClown 21 Nov, 2014 15

    From the studio that brought us Iron Man, Captain America, Thor & The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy arrives as Marvel Studios' biggest gamble to date and yet, the risk pays off tremendously well as this crazy mixture of an oddball cast & an eccentric crew strikes gold for the studio in both critical & commercial departments and succeeds as an immensely enjoyable, extremely entertaining & most satisfying Marvel piece since The Avengers.

    Set in a galaxy far far away, Guardian of the Galaxy

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ CinemaClown Watched by CinemaClown 24 Nov, 2014 10

    A thrilling masterwork of precision craftsmanship, an immensely fascinating vignette of the pursuit of American dream & a thought-provoking exposition of the dark side of TV news business, Nightcrawler is a firmly crafted, neatly structured, viciously executed & intensely entertaining thriller that presents its interesting premise in a very polished manner but what single-handedly elevates it to a whole new level is Jake Gyllenhaal's manic performance.

    Set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles, Nightcrawler tells the story of Louis Bloom;…

  • Ouija 2014

    ½ DirkH Watched by DirkH 26 Nov, 2014 10

    Damn.

    Should I?

    This joke must have been made elsewhere already.

    But it deserves it.

    I deserve it.

    I sat through the damn thing.

    Ok. Here goes.

    Ouija bored

    There.

    I said it.

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Laura Raud Watched by Laura Raud 22 Nov, 2014

    My mind exploded watching this movie.

    My heart is still pounding.

    My body is still shivering.

    I saw Whiplash almost 24 hours ago.

  • Blood Simple 1984

    ★★★★★ Naughty Watched by Naughty 23 Nov, 2014 9

    Noir-November Challenge! Movie #47

    Joel and Ethan Coen's directorial debut throws more curves at you than the legendary curveball master Sandy Kofaux!

    I wanted to say M. Emmet Walsh really NAILED his role as the sleazy private eye but after recalling the infamous window sill scene perhaps that distinction truly belongs to Frances McDormand!

    Fate dispenses a world of hurt on folks caught up in a shit storm of deception, lust and greed in this twisted southern gothic noir!

    A few of these folks are suffering from a terminal case of the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing!

  • Chinatown 1974

    ★★★★★ Naughty Watched by Naughty 22 Nov, 2014 5

    Noir-November Challenge! Movie #45

    ChinaTown is like a fine wine! It is meant to be savored! First your eyes drink in its robust color, you swirl your glass slowly and bring the glass below your nose and inhale its rich bouquet! You sip and swish it gently within your mouth until your palate has registered every sweet and earthy note! You see it's not about drinking it's about a celebration and appreciation if you will for a thing of beauty…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★ Bjorn Bouterse Added by Bjorn Bouterse 26

    39/100

    Very disappointing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 lacks the entertaining premise of the previous films and replaces it with what it is basically an overly drawn-out trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 where nothing really happens...at all.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Bjorn Bouterse Watched by Bjorn Bouterse 22 Nov, 2014 4

    76/100

    After Tim Burton's abomination that was Planet of the Apes there was little hope for the franchise. But in 2011 the eagerly unanticipated Rise of the Planet of the Apes shocked the world with it's genuine depth, visuals and characterisation. The emotional depth that that film brought to the table is incomparable with the majority of big blockbusters. And here we are three years later with Matt Reeves' follow up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Which in…

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976

    ★★★★½ Todd Gaines Watched by Todd Gaines 26 Nov, 2014 28

    Road House's super baddie Ben Gazzara as a strip club owner with a gambling addiction. When his debt blazes out of control, he's forced to commit a deadly sin in John Cassavetes's sweaty lusty intoxicating film noir. Large ketchup bottle. Stiff drink. Ben Gazzara's white leisure suit. Meaningful meaningless chit-chat. The way Ben Gazzara smokes. Vince's nose. Big pimpin' Seymour Cassel. Bootleg Strip Club DJ. Champagne hottie. Real motherfuckers drink Dom Pérignon straight from the bottle. Pitch-perfect piano music. John…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Steve Grzesiak Watched by Steve Grzesiak 24 Nov, 2014 9

    The Box Office Bashing Season: 2003 to 2014

    There was once a bloke on Letterboxd who complained in a review of Moonrise Kingdom, which he hadn't watched, that Wes Anderson was causing the "pussyfication of American cinema".

    Obviously he was a massive nimrod and he never adequately explained what the hell he meant in the first place. All I can say is that if he was right, which he wasn't, then I hope Anderson continues pussifying American cinema judging by…

  • Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★½ Dirk van Eck Watched by Dirk van Eck 22 Nov, 2014 13

    Fifteenth watch of Noir-Vember. In this trailer trash thriller we get to see a Texas family hire a cop slash private killer to murder the ex-wife of the family’s father in order to get their hands on a large sum of insurance money. The killing itself is, however, only a very small item in the story for it mainly centres on Killer Joe’s relation with the family and especially with the daughter - portrayed by the stellar Juno Temple -…

  • Mischief 1985

    ★★★★ Todd Gaines Rewatched by Todd Gaines 21 Nov, 2014 30

    Jonathan is a straight up dork who spends his days dreaming of the ever so sexy Marilyn. She doesn't give him the time of day until the mysterious new kid in town, Gene, befriends Jonathan and teaches him a thing or two about the ladies in this coming-of-age tale of love, sex, and the mischievous adventures of teenagers in 1956 Small Town USA. Fire hydrant fun. Mr. Atlas? Bootleg Penthouse. Real outlaws wear black leather jackets and ride motorcycles. Ballin'…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Evan Watched by Evan 21 Nov, 2014 9

    While The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 may lack in the action department, the cast and interesting story definitely make up for it. Prior to my viewing of this, I had heard many people mention that this film is boring. I must say that I was never bored and I have to credit the solid performances for that, as well as the fact that I was very into the story. About half way through I had to take a…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ CinemaClown Watched by CinemaClown 18 Nov, 2014 27

    With designated masterpieces like Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight & Inception under his name, Christopher Nolan has risen exponentially through the ranks of American film industry as one of modern cinema's finest auteurs working today and, in a career that spans just over 15 years, has already cemented an impressive legacy with an incredibly devoted fan following that continues to grow every passing moment.

    Truth be told, I was very skeptical about Interstellar before deciding to check it…