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  • The Homesman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2014

    The film looks immaculate and sounds great, and a traditional Western in this day and age comes 100% invited. Too bad 'The Homesman' is slightly flawed- it can't balance it's glum tone with weak attempts at comedy throughout, and a pivotal moment 2/3 the way through the film hurts it quite a bit when it came to my investment in it. See it for Hilary Swank's comeback.

  • Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2014

    I don't know if I've just seen something tremendous, or god-awful. The film touches greatness many times, but many other times it scrapes the bottom of the filmmaking barrel. Even though Julianne Moore nails the campiness, I feel her performance was right for the wrong movie... she's on a whole new world compared to all the other performers, and I do mean this in a bad way. It's inconsistent with the rest of the cast's work, including a strong John Cusack.

    I'm at a loss for words. Right now though, I feel that it wasn't very good. Unfortunately.

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  • L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2012 1

    Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.

    The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.

    I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.

  • Mean Streets 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2013 1

    Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.

    Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.

    EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.