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  • 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…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2015

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

    On one hand, I understand how fandom on a level such as that of Star Wars can make it hard for one to properly reckon with their feelings when comparing something so new to the beloved formative films of the franchise which pop culture has lived with (and loved) for nigh on 40 years. On the other hand, the most prominent complaints I've heard regarding The Force Awakens concern it's similarities to the originals. Following the shameful early 2000's offerings…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2016

    I still get hit in the feels every time Rey catches that lightsaber.

  • 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…

  • 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

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jan, 2016

    Unlike Inglourious Basterds, which had to grow on me a bit, I loved Django Unchained immediately upon my first viewing. Similar to Death Proof, I don't have the same seemingly glaring issues with the film that some viewers do, and would in fact only excise one thing from the movie if given the chance: Jonah Hill's scene. The rest is magnificent. I enjoy the extended ending and, in this case, don't mind the runtime. The performances are largely outstanding and, for me, this is easily the best that Jamie Foxx has ever been. He's an okay actor, but Tarantino turned him into an excellent character.

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…