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  • Prince Avalanche

    Prince Avalanche 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    I think I just happened to be in the perfect mood for this. It was particularly enjoyable seeing Rudd in a more serious role — both he and Hirsch turn in great performances — and there's an amazing moment involving a non-actor that the filmmakers happened to chance upon (it feels so real because it actually is). Couple these with beautiful cinematography and an Explosions in the Sky soundtrack, and you've got a little charmer.

  • Stomp the Yard

    Stomp the Yard 2007

    ★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    You know exactly where this is heading the whole way through, but you keep watching for the epic stepping showdowns (which I had to Google afterwards — apparently it's a real thing). At times it felt like I was watching an episode of Friday Night Lights because they pillaged some of that trademark emotional guitar noodling to mix in with all the hip-hop... and I can't decide if it worked or just felt plain out of place. Perfectly fine for…

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  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2011 6

    A beautifully crafted film, with consideration in every shot and a kick-ass soundtrack. Winding Refn certainly earned his Best Director award at Cannes this year, helped greatly by the outstanding performances of Gosling and Mulligan. I'll definitely need to see this again, and while I'm not much a fan of ultra-violence I couldn't imagine it working any other way in this film.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2011 4

    BWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMP!

    So epic it hurts. I'm willing to gloss over the few plot questions it leaves and just be enveloped by the killer combo of Nolan & Zimmer (whose soundtrack, incidentally, makes *everything* feel epic if you put it on loud enough).