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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2014

    I'm convinced that there is a mathematical formula out there which can predict which Wes Anderson movies a die-hard Wes Anderson fan will like and which ones an average movie-goer will like, because there seems to be a divide somewhere between what those two groups will tolerate. It has always perplexed me that The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is far and away my favorite Anderson film while self-proclaimed Anderson-ites generally consider that particular film one of their (if not…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2014

    My reviews generally consist of a brief synopsis followed by a rambling list of things that I did or didn't like about the film.

    Her is about a man named Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) who, in a very believable not-too-distant future, falls in love with his artificially intelligent day planner which is voiced by Scarlett Johannson.

    I loved everything about it.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014

    Gone Girl is a tough film to discuss without spoilers, so I'll be as vague as possible.

    - I liked Ben Affleck, as I am to do lately.

    - I liked Rosamund Pike until the second half when she felt a bit like a cartoon character.

    - Tyler Perry put in his best performance yet as far as I'm concerned.

    - Neil Patrick Harris was fine, but I feel someone else could have fit his role better.

    - I loved…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    Director Alejandro González Iñárritu seemed to have one goal in mind when making Birdman: giving his exceptional cast plenty of opportunities to knock the audience on their asses. From an acting standpoint, Birdman brought to mind for me films like Glengarry Glen Ross, 12 Angry Men, and Doubt; all of which place cameras in front of their actors and let them tear up the screen with arguments, debates, diatribes, monologues, and pure, raw emotion. It's sort of a breath-taking film…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    I'm one of those people who loved this film. I had some issues with it, but they were nothing that 30 minutes of discussion with friends in the parking lot after the movie couldn't help me overcome. There are still plenty of things about the film which I can't explain, and I'm not going to say that there aren't holes which could be poked in many aspects of the plot and concept, but on the whole, Interstellar was the complete…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Dec, 2012

    Oh, how I loved this movie.

    For the first time ever, I sat up and took notice of Jamie Foxx while watching Django. He is the title character and the hero, but he plays the part so low-key during the first two acts that you might just forget he's there. Which is perfect, because during the first two acts he's paired up with the amazing Christoph Waltz. It's because of Waltz's character that, by the end, Django has become the…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    Watching Mad Max: Fury Road for the first time was one of those magical experiences that one desperately hopes to recapture for the rest of their life. Maybe that sounds a bit grandiose, but for me it's 100% true. Nothing quite matches that feeling of sitting in a theater and being reminded every few minutes that you're experiencing one of your new favorite movies for the first time. I mean...if there's anything wrong with Mad Max: Fury Road, I couldn't…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    There is nothing particularly amazing about the plot or the story of Whiplash. I've heard it called "the Rocky of jazz drumming movies", but while I understand the comparison, I don't think that description is particularly apt. Sure, it's an underdog story to a degree, but it never feels like the scenario is as meaty or larger-than-life as it does in Rocky. What really puts Whiplash over the top are the performances. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons dominate this movie.…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2014

    Viewed with commentary by director James Gunn.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    I could nitpick Guardians Of The Galaxy to death, but I won't. There are a number of things that bugged me about the film, but more important than those issues I do have with it is the fact that this movie is fun, has an excellent cast, looks amazing, and probably never should have worked.

    A key element in all of the Marvel Studios films (arguably with the exception of Ed Norton's The Incredible Hulk, which it seems that a…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Dec, 2013

    I don't absolutely love every single Martin Scorcese film, but he's got such an impressive track record that I go into each of his new films expecting to be impressed, enthralled, and entertained. The Wolf Of Wall Street delivered on all of those expectations while also exceeding my expectations by being the funniest film I saw in 2013. The queludes scene alone (if you've seen the film, you know the one I'm talking about) pulled more guttural laughter from my…

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Oct, 2013

    I feel like there's not much to say about Gravity. There's not much of a plot, per se, there are only really 2 actors to critique (4 if you really want to push it), and the thing that everyone already knows about the film is that it's visuals are outstanding. What more is there? The movie's great, and though I've only seen it in IMAX 3D thus far, I'm inclined to say that that's the ONLY way to see it.…