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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2012

    DJANGO UNCHAINED? More like Tarantino unchained, if you ask me. When watching a Quentin Tarantino movie, there is always a danger that his undeniable genius will fall prey to his also undeniable ego. He often walks the fine line between these two elements with surprising grace and subsequently makes insightful works that are distinctly his style. In DJANGO UNCHAINED though, Tarantino's attempt at a Western / Blaxploitation hybrid, he veers too far off course and ends up losing his edge…

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2013

    This is it. This is the big one. GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuaron’s follow-up to 2006’s CHILDREN OF MEN, has been in the works for years now and is finally ready to be unleashed on a public that cannot help but be unsuspecting of it. I say this because there is no way you can properly prepare yourself for just how truly spectacular GRAVITY is. From the moment it begins, the film is astounding, a singularly unique experience that is unlikely to…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2013

    When I’m not reviewing movies, which as of late is far less often than I would like it to be, I work for a bank. I’m not in investments but my position is more or less investment adjacent. When people see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Martin Scorsese’s take on the stock market milieu in the late 1980’s, based loosely on the life of former stock broker turned motivational speaker, Jordan Belfort, they will probably recoil in genuine horror at…

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012

    Comic book movies or superhero movies or whatever you want to call them, all inherently have a very difficult task to accomplish. They all have to cater to a notoriously picky niche market, made up of detail oriented fanboys, while still remaining broad enough to appeal to the masses. They cost a fortune so they cannot afford not to attract the widest audience possible, but if they play it too broad, the fanatics will denounce the film and ruin any…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2011

    Every now and again, a movie comes along and takes you for a ride you don’t soon forget. It straps you in with its fresh cinematic voice and doesn’t let you go until it has raced through your mind, taken some crazy turns and pulled back into the garage again. When you step out, your legs might even feel a little weak from the constant barrage of thrills and brilliance. DRIVE is that movie. This year’s breakout director, and the…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    It is a rare occurrence in Hollywood for any film franchise to be as consistently incredible throughout its run as Christopher Nolan’s Batman series has been. With THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Nolan brings his ambitious take on the Batman ideology to an epic and fitting close. He brings his slow burning exploration of human fear to the brink of catastrophe and drags Gotham City and all its good people right along with it. The tension he has been building systematically…

  • The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 15 Jul, 2012

    There can only be one Batman and as I sat amongst a full crowd that was silent in awed anticipation at the crack of the film, it is clear that director, Christopher Nolan’s Batman is the one. In BATMAN BEGINS, Nolan (whom at the time he attempted to revive the franchise had only directed a handful of indie projects) took an icon and made him human. Batman, and of course his real life persona, Bruce Wayne, was damaged. He had…

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2013

    12 YEARS A SLAVE is absolutely appalling. The film itself is brilliant and moving but the acts it depicts are strictly disgusting and I am ashamed of my own ignorance on the topic. In 1841, a man by the name of Solomon Northup, an African-American man born free, who was living a life of modest success as a musician, with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York, was tricked, drugged, kidnapped and subsequently sold into slavery. Before…

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2012

    The one thing I took away from David O. Russell’s THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is that you have to deal with the bad in order to get to the good stuff. Always focusing on the silver lining never gives you the opportunity to face your demons and allows them the chance to grow while you’re looking the other way. Russell makes an apt point here as applying this theory to watching this film is really the only way to enjoy…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2012

    James Bond is getting older. His shot is not as on point as it once was; his stride not as fast as in his younger years. In fact, it saddens me to say that his stomach is not quite the washboard it used to be. There is one notable offshoot to Bond’s decline in prowess though. With age, comes wisdom and with SKYFALL, the 23rd film in the 007 spy series, that wisdom lends its weight to what is without…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Feb, 2014

    There is no use in trying to prove otherwise; Wes Anderson has distinctly unmistakable style. His films are instantly recognizable and his colourful approach to storytelling has just as many ardent fans as it does detractors (or, as I like to refer to them as, sticks in the mud). As an admirer of his oeuvre, I would think it insulting to call him one note but I would also be hard pressed to say otherwise. That said, when the note…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Dec, 2013

    You’ve heard the expression, “Who’s conning who?” Well, AMERICAN HUSTLE, the latest film by David O. Russell (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE FIGHTER), essentially embodies this expression on film. Everyone in this seamless and stylish movie is conning everyone else, but more importantly, also conning themselves in the process. One thing is for certain though, Russell is the real deal. He’s working damn hard to get the audience to buy what he’s selling but he’s making it look damn easy at…