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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 31 Dec, 2015 2

    Now I can put a lid on 2015 as the last person on the planet to have seen Mad Max: Fury Road.

    Yes, I really let the hype train pass me by on this one. While the trailer was kind of appetizing, the idea of seeing a sequel/reboot to a movie that I didn't care for by the director of that same movie didn't interest me. But, something weird happened after it's release. Out of nowhere, this became a surprise…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jan, 2016

    I feel like I should start sitting with movies in my head for a few hours before I review them.

    When I first saw this a little over a week ago, I admired it as a high octane action flick that had a lot of thought put into it, but I just didn't love it. And I felt weird for not loving it because it appeared everyone else loved it while I wasn't as blown away. But then I sat…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2015 6

    To be honest, I was just a little weary to go into this movie. Wes Anderson's filmography is very hit or miss for me. My track record for his films are 3-3; enjoyed 3 of his films and wasn't a fan of the other 3 (not including his short films, which would then make me 4-4). I'm happy to say that not only is this a tie-breaking triumph, but easily Anderson's best film for me.

    This could also quite possibly…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2015 1


    Fuck. Me.

    Pardon me if this comes off as more of an influx of awe-struck words and less of a review but...WOW!

    This is the most intense movie I've ever seen in my life.

    This is a movie that draws a fine line between what it means to be motivated and what it means to be obsessed. This is a movie that makes you wonder if it's possible to go too far or not far enough. This is a…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jan, 2016 1

    Had to start the New Year off with the right tempo.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jun, 2015 6

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I feel like it's time that I defend the ending of this movie.

    Because somebody has to.

    Many people who have seen this movie, even those who love this movie to death, accuse the film of glamorizing abuse because of the way the movie ended. Neiman took tons of unnecessary shit from Fletcher throughout the movie, but according to the ending, it was seemingly all worth it just for Fletcher's approval.

    I disagree.

    I understand why the ending may appear…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Mar, 2015

    Ladies and gentlemen, I think I've found my new favorite film.

    Even on a second watch, no film has ever given me such a pulse pounding, breathtaking adrenaline rush quite like Whiplash.

    This is my fucking tempo.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    When I first heard of this movie, I thought it was unreal.

    Now that I've seen it, I'm convinced that it is unreal.

    When I first saw the trailer for this movie many, many months ago, I honestly thought it was a mock trailer that you'd find on "It's a parody trailer." I thought to myself. "Probably a parody of Keaton's comeback from Batman, but they can't afford the rights to say Batman so they're calling him Birdman." Yeah,…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Oct, 2015

    "He's a handful, isn't he?"

    I just realized, isn't that an incest joke?

    I mean, right before, Emma Stone does see Ed Norton just standing with his cock out; as he put it. For all the incest undertones between Norton and Naomi Watts, Stone asking Watts if her brother is a "handful" is an oddly specific word. She's basically asking Watts "I bet you fuck your brother, don't you? Looking at his dick now, I bet it's a handful for…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Apr, 2013 14



    Imagine if Michael K. Williams played Django, with that same snarl he always gave on The Wire. Imagine everyone shouting "Django! He coming yo!"

    I don't know why, but as great of a job Foxx did in the role, but I can imagine so many actors doing a better job.
    Leo, Sam Jackson, and Waltz however, are too perfect to even imagine replacing.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Jan, 2013 14

    If any film Quentin Tarantino made came close to being better than Pulp Fiction and if any film by Tarantino actually might be better than Pulp Fiction, it's Django Unchained

    A bold statement, I know, but Django really is that good. It might be QT's best so far. With films like Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Reservoir Dogs, those films alone make you go into this go in with super high expectations and when a director exceeds those expectations, that…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jan, 2013 11

    On this rewatch, a few things came to mind...

    In my earlier review, I defended Tarantino's use of "that word" because it made it feel authentic and Southerners said it a lot back then. Now, I realize he used it so often I wonder if he was aware there are other words in the dictionary. It doesn't hurt the film too much for me, but it's ridiculous how often he uses it.

    On my first watch, there were so many…