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  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen 2016

    ★★★★★ Steve G Watched by Steve G 01 Dec, 2016 11

    The 52 Films Directed By Women Project

    20/52

    Quite often, when I watch a truly great film for the first time, I find myself inspired to do things I haven't done before or haven't done for a long time.

    The Edge Of Seventeen had me inspired to write a screenplay. I have written screenplays in the past, back when I was in my early twenties and wasn't as yet ensconced within the world of reviewing Lexi Belle's latest movie or…

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are 2009

    ★★★★★ Wes Ball Watched by Wes Ball 30 Nov, 2016 4

    Maurice Sendak's original picture book was a staple piece of literature for me as a child. It had a whimsical aura of fantasy in it that resonated so deeply within my imagination-fueled self and constructed a wonderful world of escapism that I would always go back to time and time again. To say that Where the Wild Things Are shaped my childhood would be an understatement- it may very well have helped define it for me. Now, with this live…

  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game 1939

    ★★★★★ SilentDawn Watched by SilentDawn 01 Dec, 2016 5

    95

    "I want to disappear down a hole."

    "Why's that?"

    "So I no longer have to figure out what's right and what's wrong."

    Effortless. Runs like clockwork; fluid yet structured, chaotic yet motionless. Characters dash and fight and cheat and kill but they never seem to get anywhere, lost in the labyrinthine maze of the house and confined by the forest surrounding their meaningless passions. Like the singular hunting sequence in the middle of this masterwork, it's elegant until the…

  • The Running Man

    The Running Man 1987

    ★★★★★ laird Rewatched by laird 30 Nov, 2016 3

    Crazy how things that seemed like absurdities in this movie now seem plausible. "Department of Justice: Entertainment Division." "The President's Agent."

  • Marauders

    Marauders 2016

    ★★★½ Todd Gaines Watched by Todd Gaines 29 Nov, 2016 15

    Marauders is the type of movie that's usually in the middle of my wheelhouse. It's DTV, is a heist movie, has lots of rain, there's multiple moral compass judgement issues and the ending is controversial, yet for me, very satisfying.

    Let me address the elephant in the room: Lazy Bruce Willis. He doesn't care. Why should we care? The key to Lazy Bruce Willis is his supporting cast. Lazy Bruce can't carry a movie on his own. He's so lazy,…

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016

    ★★★★ Arielrocks5 Watched by Arielrocks5 24 Nov, 2016 18

    Maybe it's because I've never had much of an attachment to this series as most have (I remember reading the first three books/seeing the first three movies and only particularly enjoying the former) or maybe it's my bias over seeing any form of magic/wizardry on the big screen (see my "Warcraft" and "Doctor Strange" reviews to see further detail on it), but this was really fun.

    Granted, it's got problems (mostly technical in regards to the visual effects ((IS CGI…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love 2000

    ★★★★★ AlexDavies Added by AlexDavies 13

    “We won’t be like them ~ Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control.”

    In the Mood for Love is of pure taste. Simple humanistic romanticism streamlining our most inner self and thoughts, fueled and cloaked by cinemas and love's elliptical nature, a sensory overload sensuously steaming in the tightly packed streets and hallways of Hong Kong. The only things in life that you know are absolute are the things you see and believe, when…

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★★ Gabe☆Danvers Watched by Gabe☆Danvers 26 Nov, 2016 6

    Okay, look... Fuck.

    ★★★★★★★★★★

    Extraordinary. Simply... Wow. It picks such a global scale event and turns it into something so personal, so intimate, so relatable. In terms of screenwriting, this is hands down the best handling of storytelling that I've seen in a great while. The last time I was so stunned with a plot twist was probably in The Prestige. I can't go deep on it without spoiling it, but it's outstanding, it approaches the character arc in a…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ isa Rewatched by isa 02 Dec, 2016 2

    me: the colouring in this film really takes something already sublime to a whole other level
    me after watching mad max: fury road - black & chrome edition: COLOURS? MEDIOCRE!

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016

    ★★★½ Jared S. (formerly Gary Busey) Watched by Jared S. (formerly Gary Busey) 28 Nov, 2016

    Sentiment mixed with spiky and absurdist humor; Hunt for the Wilderpeople is another really solid directorial outing for the up and coming Taika Waititi. This didn't kill me like What We Do In the Shadows, and I think the film somewhat got away from Waititi in the second half; but there are some really hard truths offered up here. Subjects that are often sanitized to absurd lengths are tackled with honesty and intelligence. Comedy is natural and free-flowing; jokes can…

  • Allied

    Allied 2016

    ★★★½ Matt Singer Watched by Matt Singer 29 Nov, 2016 5

    Turns out the real war ... was love.

    (And World War II.)

    ((But also love.))

    Wasn't crazy about Brad Pitt's performance. I think he’s maybe going for a Bogart thing, brooding and betraying no emotions. When the film becomes entirely about emotions, it suffers as a result. Otherwise, Zemeckis has another very solid historical drama on his hands. After his mildly disastrous mo-cap period, his gift for blending big special effects with genuine human drama has returned him to near…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange 2016

    ★★ SilentDawn Watched by SilentDawn 25 Nov, 2016 6

    40

    Doctor Strange doesn't fail because of its trippy, loopy ambition, but as a result of those typical, pesky Marvel issues which the studio continuously resorts back to. Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic as the villain of the week, its lucid climax is hinged on inspiration, logical thinking and wizardry rather than destruction, and the chemistry between actors is quite competent, but it's all an increasing facade masking a rotten shell. With Civil War, at the very least, there was a…

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016

    özten Watched by özten 26 Nov, 2016

    Heading to JK Rowling's house rn to get the 8 dollars she owes me and I'm going to use it to buy eddie redmayne some tinted chapstick

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ cathyk Rewatched by cathyk 30 Nov, 2016 9

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I think this is a perfect adaptation except for two things:
    1. It doesn't quite get across how fucked up Nick really is. The book is told half from his first person POV, and you can really see how much he struggles with his father's misogyny and violence against women, to the point where he visualizes killing Amy multiple times. The line in the book "Come home Amy, come home so I can kill you" is changed to "Come home,…

  • Bee Movie

    Bee Movie 2007

    ★★★★★ Brendan Michaels Rewatched by Brendan Michaels 26 Nov, 2016 2

    10/10
    Viewed the Bee Movie But Without Bees Cut

    "When will this nightmare end?"

    This cut of the film becomes a horror film as the Bees are never shown, making this one of the greatest paranormal films ever made. Just like Ken we question when the nightmare will end. The edits are similar to 88:88 to show the unearthly feeling the film gives the audience. This film will shatter the minds of cinephiles and break the entire human population. The bees are taking over and the humans are doomed.

  • Superman

    Superman 1978

    ★★★★½ Arielrocks5 Rewatched by Arielrocks5 02 Dec, 2016 27

    Watched this to get in the Holiday mood with some friends. We all had a lovely time.

    It's been about two or so years since I viewed this for the first time and I still find new things to appreciate about it after each new viewing around the season.

    From the score, to the actors, to the direction, to even the dated mid seventies visuals, everything feels like a genuine sense of care was put into creating the best possible…

  • Come Together

    Come Together 2016

    ★★★★ alie Watched by alie 29 Nov, 2016 1

    how about a full length movie wes. i've been waiting wes.

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive 2001

    ★★★★ Jyn Watched by Jyn 30 Nov, 2016

    i feel like david lynch is directing my life because it all doesnt make any goddamn sense