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  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2015

    It's been a really long time since I've seen this movie.
    Three things I noticed this time around:

    One: Jared Leto's kind of gives a shitty performance.
    Ok, maybe "shitty" is a little harsh. He's decent at best, but that NY accent has got to go. It's atrocious.

    Two: I think the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack might have the greatest soundtrack I've ever heard on film.

    Three: Never was I more scared of a refrigerator than I was while…

  • The Story of Luke

    The Story of Luke 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    "Hello. My name is Luke. Isn't it a beautiful day today?"

    Hello. My name is Joe. This is a beautiful surprise I've found today.

    I'm not sure if I can explain it, but I really enjoyed this film; in fact, I was close to loving it and I don't know why. There isn't anything particularly "special" (no pun intended) about this movie that sets it apart from any other indie dramady. Aside from this being one of the better portrayals…

  • King Lear

    King Lear 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    For my Shakespeare course, we've recently been covering King Lear for the past week and my professor instructed us to watch the 2008 Ian Mckellen led film that accompanies it for the weekend. Before the class, I had not seen the movie nor read the play, but I can definitely say that I came out of both enjoying the hell out of it.

    For those unfamiliar with the play, it's about fathers who struggle to see the loyalty in their…

  • Black Coffee

    Black Coffee 2014

    Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    Not even the blackest of coffees could have kept me awake for this boring ass movie about these boring ass people.

  • Jamie Marks Is Dead

    Jamie Marks Is Dead 2014

    ★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2015

    Oh, the things I do for my favorite actors...

    I am a big fan of Cameron Monaghan. He plays Ian Gallagher on the US version of Shameless. The show's writing has always been hit or miss, but the acting on the show has always been great and Monaghan has been excellent on there for the last couple years. Outside of the show, he seems to be a new star on the rise; even, apparently, about to appear as a young…

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2015

    I watched this in my Film & Religion class today and when I say it's a heavy film, understand that that's a major understatement.

    To explain it simply, the plot surrounds an angel named Cassiel (Bruno Ganz, who you may recognize as Adolf Hitler from all of those Youtube memes from 10 years ago) who falls in love with a human (Solveig Dommartin) and he loves her so much that it makes him consider becoming a mortal in order to be…

  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2015 6

    Oh my Jeebus Lord...

    Just so we're clear, each and every one of these stars is entirely for the last few minutes of the movie. Before it, there wasn't too much to write home about. You know, aside from some of the worst acting I've ever seen in my life. However, the ending of this I have never seen a better example of a film that can be forgiven for all of it's other crap just for the ending…

  • Third Person

    Third Person 2013

    Watched 02 Feb, 2015 1

    How did a film with such a seemingly high profile cast fall so low under my radar?

    Liam Neeson, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger...everyone in this cast has enough talent and star power that I'd imagine should have created a little more buzz for this movie. Hell, Neeson and Franco's names alone could have gotten this greenlit for a bigger release. I just happened to catch this on accident and it seems like…

  • UHF

    UHF 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2015 2

    What exactly is the plot of this movie other than a bunch of random sketches?

    "Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Stupid! You're so stupid!"

    Does it matter one bit? Not at all.

    One of those rare cases where the filmmakers throw random stuff out there for the sake of randomness and it doesn't come off as some passionless paycheck job. This actually manages to be as hilarious and fun to watch for us as it clearly was for them to make.

  • Despicable Me 2

    Despicable Me 2 2013

    ★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2015

    Ok, it's official...I fucking hate the Minions.

    Despite absolutely adoring the first film when I saw it around 3 years ago, I never had much interest in seeing the sequel so I never did. Then, I just happened to come across the original film on tv tonight and though I didn't "adore it" like I did years ago, I still found it to be really fun. I didn't even mind the Minions, which had also grown weary on me a…

  • Despicable Me

    Despicable Me 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2015

    The Despicable Minions are literally the Ewoks of this generation.

    Both were made solely to appeal to kids and make kids want to buy every little toy they can get their hands on. They were made to look and act as cutesy as possible. The Ewoks even got their own movie and the Minions have their movie coming out later this year. In fact, the Ewoks got TWO movies so if my parallels are correct, then Minions might get a…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jan, 2015

    For as long as I can remember, films to me have been less about what the filmmaker is saying and more about how the filmmaker says it.

    It's not what they say. It's how they say it. To me, no film proves my statement better than Her.

    Now, it's easy to look at this film and say Spike Jonze created a commentary on how technology disconnects from other people and affects the way we communicate and interact with one another;…