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  • Time Bandits

    Time Bandits 1981

    ★★½ Watched 12 Mar, 2015

    AKA A much weirder version of Wizard of Oz made in the 1980's.

    We watched this in my Film & Religion class and usually I'd go into how my professor equated this to certain philosophical/religious aspects. We mostly just brought all of this stuff with time and being and how the David Warner villain is like Satan and the Supreme Being (my professor's favorite character) was like God, etc. All really interesting ideas to pull into this movie, but at the…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2015

    Before he could get funding to make Whiplash into a feature film, Damien Chazelle made it as a short film; highlighting the first rehearsal scene that's in the feature film.

    Of course, a 17 minute short isn't as good as the actual film and Johnny Simmons is nowhere near as good as Miles Teller in the role (I know it's not fair to compare a 17 minute performance to the one in the full film, but Johnny Simmons is just…

  • 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…

  • George Lucas in Love

    George Lucas in Love 1999

    ★★★ Watched 06 Mar, 2015

    Ever wonder how a guy could be inspired to think of an entire trilogy comprised of different robots and creatures from a galaxy far, far away?

    Look no further than George Lucas in Love.

    The jokes are probably the least subtle you'll ever come across, but it's still a really fun, really funny short that should be enjoyable even if you're not a Star Wars fan. It serves as both a worthy tribute to the original trilogy and just an overall entertaining watch.

    If you've got 8 minutes of free time, I'd say give this a watch.

  • She's Gotta Have It

    She's Gotta Have It 1986

    ★★★ Watched 06 Mar, 2015

    You know what I just realized?

    Spike Lee is the black equivalent to Adam Sandler.

    Obviously, he's much more talented than Sandler, but this movie made me realize the disbelief in the kind of love interests that Spike Lee casts himself beside. I can't believe Spike Lee can get with Rosie Perez or Tracy Camilla Johns in the same way that I can't believe Adam Sandler hooking up with Salma Hayek or Katie Holmes or Jennifer Aniston. The only way…

  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Mar, 2015 3

    I don't think I've ever been more heartbroken while watching a movie as much as I was when Woody called Buster the dog.

    Seeing the same energetic puppy that was all over the place in the last movie become this sad, old, ready to be put down grown ass dog...I weld up tears on the spot.

    Yes, it was more heartbreaking than all of the other tear-educing stuff that happened in the end.

    I love dogs. I loved that dog. I cried like a baby when I saw him.

  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2 1999

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Mar, 2015

    Why is it no one ever talks about how annoying Jessie is in this movie?

    She's at Jar Jar Binks levels of annoying.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Mar, 2015 5

    You know what's fucked up?

    The older you get, the more kids movies come off as fucking depressing.

    When I was a kid and didn't have a care in the world, I had a blast with this movie. I simply saw it as a fun adventure flick that made me think twice about turning my back on my toys for a while.

    Now, after 19 years of walking on the Earth, this is the saddest movie on the planet and…

  • Do You Like Hitchcock?

    Do You Like Hitchcock? 2005

    Watched 03 Mar, 2015 14

    Why yes, I do like Hitchcock.

    In fact, I'm sure just about everyone on this site loves Hitchcock.

    If you really like Hitchcock, stay the hell away from this movie.

    I'm not familiar with the rest of Dario Argento's work, but if the rest of his films are this dry, dull, or plain dumb, then keep the rest of his films the hell away from me too.

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2015 2

    "Ya'll be careful in that water. Lots of sharks out there. I know the water looks real pretty, but the sharks are waiting. Bunch of vicious motherfuckers...just lurking."

    This was a movie that I really had to sleep on before giving my thoughts on it.

    This is a rather perplexing movie; not in it's message, but it's perplexing because I wasn't sure if I liked it. I didn't really know what to make of it. I could tell from the…

  • The Fisher King

    The Fisher King 1991

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Mar, 2015

    I love how despite having every cheesy romance cliché in the book, it still manages to be different from any other romance story I've ever come across.

  • 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,…