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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 19 May, 2016

    Funny, funny, funny! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe absolutely kill it in their performances as two bumbling PIs, with Gosling in particular stealing the show. Though the plot is completely inconsequential (this film truthfully doesn't even need a plot to keep you engaged), it doesn't matter because the characters are what matter, and you can't help but want to spend more time with these guys. Hilarious and genuinely enjoyable.

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds 2005

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 May, 2016

    I remember being underwhelmed by Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds upon its release. I also recall the film receiving a lukewarm reception, no doubt due to Tom Cruise's many antics at the time, most of which occurred on national television. But revisiting the film more than 10 years later, I see a film that is masterfully directed, tense and heartbreaking, and a wonderful analogy for the events of 9/11. Spielberg paints a bleak picture of the world on the…

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 9

    I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.

    The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2013 2

    This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.

    I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…