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  • 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…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2014

    COLOR PALETTE TO THE MAX!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2014

    After staring at my keyboard for several minutes legitimately considering typing only, "I am Groot," I decided that the movie deserved more. Which is not to say that it is somehow underrated, since everyone seems to love it just as much if not more than I did.

    It's always a good sign for a action movie like this when I love two characters so much that I can't decide who my favorite is. It's an even better sign when I…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Dec, 2013 4

    Why would I watch David O Russell doing Scorsese when I can watch Martin Scorsese doing Scorsese? Well, I wouldn't!

    The Wolf of Wall Street took all of my American Hustle disappointments and completely made up for them. Oddly enough, the reason I hated AH was the same reason I loved The Wolf: A complete schmuck of a main character. While AH's characters were absolutely despicable people, there wasn't anything that made me care about them. Leo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort,…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jan, 2014

    I honestly can't express how much I love writhing in this depravity.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Sep, 2014

    I'll fully admit that watching it on DVD on a much smaller screen (in class) didn't have anywhere near the same impact on me as my three theatrical viewings did. But why should I punish the film for that? It is still one of my favorite films of the last ten years, glorious big screen HD aside, and features two really excellent performances.

    The only thing I noticed this time around that actually did bug me were a couple of…