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  • Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Aug, 2013

    Dreamily slow, but hypnotic with visceral imagery from start to finish - each frame is like a neon painting. I would say confidently that the lighting and cinematography are the bigger stars than Gosling in this. In combination with the lighting, the amazing Cliff Martinez score adds a sense of dread and impact that was very Kubrickian - like a mix of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining shot in a dreamland Bangkok. I also felt the influence of John…

  • Push 2009

    ★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2013

    At best, this feels like the pilot of a high-concept sci-fi TV show that was never produced. There is a lot of Inception-like exposition throughout, where characters spend a great deal of time explaining how the "rules" of the universe work. It was interesting in Inception - here - it's like a visual sleeping pill.

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  • Beauty Day 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    Cheel is Canada's next star filmmaker and this is proof - one of the best films of 2011. Would love to see what he could do with a feature-length fictional film. Looking forward to How to Build a Time Machine!

  • Looper 2012

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jan, 2013

    The most overrated film I saw from 2012. An interesting time-travel concept, but totally underwhelming execution and non-existent performances. Willis had no presence and acted like he was in a direct-to-video release - exactly what I fear and expect for A Good Day to Die Hard. Actually, generally bad casting - Jeff Daniels was totally out of place as a mob boss (see Albert Brooks in Drive for an example of a great performance cast against type). And c'mon -…