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  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes 1948

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 May, 2015

    A few months back, I had the pleasure to attend my very first dance concert. It took place on my college campus and since my school specializes in dance and the arts, I was curious to see what they'd do onstage. I knew some of the performers in the concert and believe me when I say they were killing themselves to nail these dance routines. They would come out of rehearsals dripping in sweat and damn near exhausted, but it…

  • V/H/S

    V/H/S 2012

    ★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    Well, the opening "I Like You" segment gives me enough reason to not sleep tonight.

    The ending to the "Second Honeymoon" segment gives me enough reason to never sleep again.

    Those are just the first two segments. Trust me, it gets way more fucked up from there.

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2015

    *Rewatched with commentary by Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin*

    Much like commentary from the last film, Kevin Smith does all of the talking and Bernardin only gets a handful of lines here and there. I really wish we would've got to hear more from Bernardin this time, given that he's a DC Comics writer that could provide an interesting perspective on a DC Comics film, but I get it. Smith says himself that he doesn't want a second of dead…

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2015 1

    *Rewatched with commentary by Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin*

    As a kid, Kevin Smith was a big fan of the Dark Knight Returns comic book so he decided to do a commentary track during his Fat Man on Batman podcast with DC Comics writer Marc Bernardin. Smith is the one who does most of talking and during it, he splooges over how faithful it is to the comics. He's clearly a big fan of those comics, but he also can't…

  • The Three Faces of Eve

    The Three Faces of Eve 1957

    ★★★½ Watched 11 May, 2015

    A while back in my Psychology course when we were studying multiple personality disorders (or Dissociative Identity Disorders, as the modern term goes), one big example that was used was the true story that led to the production of this film, The Three Faces of Eve. In real life, Chris Sizemore was one of the earliest cases of a person diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. TI was intrigued enough after our class study that I wanted to check the film…

  • Rob the Mob

    Rob the Mob 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 May, 2015

    This would've been a much better movie if Ray Romano wasn't in it.

    Fuck Ray Romano.

  • Calvary

    Calvary 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2015

    Remember the part in In Bruges where Colin Farrell confessed to the harm that he will cause a priest in the future whilst in confession? Imagine if that scene was extended into an entire film and handled as a serious dramatic film.

    This would be that film. It's even better than it sounds.

    This would have been a perfect film to have had discussed in my Religion & Film class and I'm sure my professor would have loved it. He would…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 May, 2015

    I was right. Definitely better than Age of Ultron, not to say that Age of Ultron wasn't awesome. Seeing the team struggling to be a unit while their at each others throats is way more fun than seeing them actually working as a perfect unit in AoU. Still, there were some minor observations I made watching this since it's been awhile since I saw this.

    1. This was a lot darker than I remember it. Overall, it's obviously nothing more…

  • Hustle & Heat

    Hustle & Heat 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2015

    This movie is terrible and feels more like an early 90's flick than a 2003 movie, but the twist ending is what saves it.

    Even though none of it makes sense, all it took was an insane final five minutes to make me love this and willing to recommend it to everyone. That ending alone is the only reason why this gets 4 stars and the only reason why I'm tempted to give it 5 stars.

    At risk of spoiling…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 May, 2015 1

    A lot of people will come out of this movie complaining that this wasn't as good as the first movie, but really, could it have possibly been better than the first movie?

    Think about a lot of your firsts, like your first kiss for example. Felt pretty damn great the first time, didn't it? So great that you had pretty high expectations for the second kiss that didn't quite match it, right? Well that's how this sequel is. Yeah, it's…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 May, 2015 3

    Better than The Avengers. Both of them.

    Yeah, I said it. Sue me.

  • These Amazing Shadows

    These Amazing Shadows 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Apr, 2015

    This...this is why I love movies.

    Anyone asks you why you love movies so much, point them in the direction of this film. If you or anyone else needs a reason as to why film is so important as an art film, watch this film. This is a documentary about the National Film Registry, which is this board that preserves what they deem to be important American films in a Library of Congress. The goes into detail about how and…