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  • The Sacrament 2013

    ★½ Watched 28 Sep, 2014

    A well intentioned thriller that has little of the shock it strives to have. The first half of the film builds the tension of this nightmarish religious cult reasonably well, mostly due to a disturbingly committed performance from character actor Gene Jones as the cult leader and a genuine sense foreboding built up by director Ti West's keen visual eye. Unfortunately, the second half gets lost in a very gory but far too familiar third act that won't surprise or…

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    A bizarrely heartfelt film about the creative process of music. The screenplay creates this very volatile energy that translates what could be perceived as quirkiness into a living breathing chemistry of an odd yet grounded enough group of misfits. This is also obviously helped along by the cast, particularly Domnhall Gleason as an awkwardly likable audience surrogate and Michael Fassbender in one of his more humorous and nuanced performances yet. The film paces itself quite well for the most part,…

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  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jul, 2013 2

    Many have claimed that The Empire Strikes Back is, in many respects, the superior film of the original Star Wars trilogy and the entire Star Wars saga as a whole (which, for the record, isn't very hard when you include those other three films in the equation). The themes are darker, the characters are fleshed out, the newer characters serve to give the universe further depth and the reveal during the climax is often cited as one of the most…

  • Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2013 1

    Not much can really be said about Short Term 12. I'll put it simply; it makes you lose all faith in humanity... and then regain it in the span of 96 minutes. Brie Larson deserves that Best Actress statue now. One of the years best, if not thee best. SEE. IT.