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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    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…

  • Django Unchained

    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…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    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…

  • Gravity

    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…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    I am not myself married. Nor have I ever been. And perhaps, now that I’ve seen David Fincher’s GONE GIRL, I may choose never to be. If this is the state of the modern marriage, it is a miracle anyone still chooses to embark upon the journey to begin with. GONE GIRL is a bleak, twisted account of the lengths we will go to in order to get away from the one’s we love, or at least once did. It…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    I will be the first to admit that I did not think BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) would work at all when I first heard about it. An absurdist comedy from the man responsible for some of the most bleak, yet beautiful dramas I had ever seen (BABEL, BIUTIFUL) did not seem like a smart idea to me. Not only has Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu succeeded in his ambitious endeavour though, but he has actually made what is arguably…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2014 1

    Say what you will about writer/director, Richard Linklater, but you can’t say he isn’t willing to take big risks for his art. His latest, and dare I say it, perhaps his greatest, BOYHOOD, epitomizes dedication to one’s craft and cements Linklater as one of today’s most daring, and brilliant, directors. The undertaking of this project is just enormous and the fact that he pulls it off is impressive enough in itself; that he was able to not just make this…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    I will begin by stating that INTERSTELLAR, Christopher Nolan’s latest science fiction opus, is a cinematic feast of epic proportion. It is nearly three hours of stunning visuals, often gripping action and sound and music unlike almost anything I’ve ever seen or heard before. On the one hand, it is a glorious film experience, something that Nolan is particularly skilled at crafting. On the other hand though, INTERSTELLAR is also an overinflated, plodding journey that is weighed down, not by…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    To achieve true greatness, the kind of greatness that will still be talked about long after you’re dead, you have to dedicate yourself entirely to your craft or cause. Furthermore, the belief is that you cannot create the kind of art that lasts if you don’t suffer for it first. These are just a couple of the misconceptions that young drumming prodigy, Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), adheres to in his pursuit of success in the world of music. Unfortunately for…

  • Drive

    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 Avengers

    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…

  • The Dark Knight

    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…