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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    How do you know if a character is truly timeless? Is it when a certain version of the character is unforgettable? Or is it when the character can come back, thirty years later, played by a completely different actor and still be as effective as ever?

    Fury Road, as my cousin put it, is not necessarily a sequel to the previous Mad Max films, but another tale of a wandering hero called Max. This installment sees Max (Tom Hardy) being…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2015 6

    Having watched it twice in 24 hours, I can safely (and I do mean safely, since I just re-watched the original trilogy this month) say that this is my favorite film of the saga.

    The Force Awakens pays tribute the originals without ever being masturbatory, while simultaneously making it a new thing. This is thanks not only to Abrams' distinct directorial style, but to a cast that is so perfectly selected, with everyone absolutely delivering. The star in my eyes,…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Mar, 2014 4

    When watching the latest Tarantino movie, I am as forgiving as anyone when it comes to his little "trademarks". Why, then, am I so damned critical of Wes Anderson's whimsical world of symmetry and color? Despite my putting his films under a microscope, he always seems to remind me of just why I love his movies to begin with.

    I was worried when I saw the trailer for Grand Budapest. I was afraid it was going to play out like…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2014

    The ideas, visuals, emotional story, and organ-driven score absolutely make up for what, at-times, is a cliche sci-fi film in disguise. Interstellar is a film that I'll be thinking about for a long time, even if I'm not in a hurry to get out and see it again.

    With that being said, it must be seen in a theater.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2012

    Pretty close to perfect, however I expect nothing less from Tarantino. We have not only the most badass main character of all time, but the most likable antagonist to grace the screen in some time (in Leo DiCaprio). The movie delivers in ever aspect and I'm not surprised to call it my favorite of 2012.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    The perfect example of style and story coming together.

    Whiplash follows Andrew (Miles Teller), an aspiring jazz drummer at, "the best music school in the country." When he gets the very rare oppurtunity to play for the school's legendary conducter Fletcher (JK Simmons), he stops at nothing to impress the man and earn his spot.

    This is a film about music that plays like one about football or basic training. In fact, when discussing the movie after it ended, I…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Mar, 2015

    It really is even better the second time around. JK Simmons' performance is even more darkly comical (in the most complex, entertaining way possible) and Teller's performance shines when you know the path he is going down.

    This is absolutely a character study, but unlike other films of its type, the pacing is dead on. It flies by and every second of it is powerful. Whiplash is a Flawless film.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    He finally did it.

    He got nuts.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched

    Previous to this, the only other Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film I had seen was Babel. While I didn't love that film, I praised the dream-like feel of it and the excellent visuals. Inarritu's most recent film, Birdman, completely surpasses Babel by graduating from technical excellence to technical mastery. As unique as mainstream films get, Birdman is as innovative and visually interesting as Gravity and as heavy and rich as Magnolia (or any PTA film, for that matter).

    Aging actor Riggan…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2014 5

    A tense and thoroughly entertaining psychosexual thriller that redefines Neo noir. In a perfect cast Affleck is excellent and Pike is Oscar-worthy, but Kim Dickens' Detective Boney is my favorite of them all. Though, Missi Pyle's fickle, Nancy Grace-type is certainly a close second.

    Reznor and Ross deliver yet another perfect score that blends tranquil, dreamlike melodies with low hums of impending doom. Their music perfectly compliments Fincher's unique visual style which, in turn, flawlessly fits the story.

    Gone Girl is certainly one of the year's best and a film that will absolutely benefit from repeat viewings.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2015

    As with every Fincher film, Gone Girl absolutely benefits from a repeat viewing.

    The amount of thought and foreshadowing put into this mystery is astounding and this is one of those movies that - even though it got more than enough praise - will be even MORE revered years down the line.

    note: I said this the first time around, but I appreciated Missi Pyle's Nancy Grace-esque character and Kim Dickens' no-nonsense detective most of all.

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2014


    Some truly moving performances and and brilliantly subtle score. This is one of the most complex romances ever put on film.