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  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 May, 2015 2

    It seems like people generally really liked this when it came out, but not many people actually loved it. Now that I've seen it a second time I can say for sure that it is a fantastic piece of filmmaking, among the best films to come out in the last few years. It clicks for me, ticks off the right boxes. This is movie magic, the way visuals and sounds work together.. the dialogue that floats in and out and…

  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 May, 2015

    Most of the war sequences were very good. They had a professional feel and I loved all the small bits of setting up, technical stuff etc.

    On a story basis, though, it completely falls flat. It's such standard stuff and it's boring from the very first cliched scene back home.

    Clint still has it in some regards, and he really brings some brutality to war that feels real, though he went a bit overboard at one point. Or I don't know...

  • Magic in the Moonlight

    Magic in the Moonlight 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 May, 2015 2

    One of Allen's weaker films. Firth didn't fit the Allen persona at all. Most of his jokes and funny bits missed completely for me. It looks good though, and it's fairly short.

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015 8

    I'll go with a positive rating for this one just because there was plenty to enjoy on a scene by scene basis and the effects and world building are great as they always are in Blomkamp's films. But.

    The film is a huge mess. Having Die Antwoord in the film was an interesting choice, but they went overboard. It seems like they were almost playing themselves? Why..? It was distracting and pretty absurd at points. The soundtrack even included some…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015 2

    I love the restraint this film has. It is really effective and the acting and cinematography and music is all top notch. Real heavy JC vibes. I'm not entirely sold on the ending though.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    So you pretty much get what it says on the cover and when the cover says it's a gloriously mad and gorgeously shot badass action epic that rivals most action films out there... well, that's pretty good.

  • The Doors

    The Doors 1991

    ★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    It's pretty much a mess. Val Kilmer is pretty good but Jim Morrison, or at least the character Jim Morrison in this film, is annoying as fuck. He's not magnetic, he's not funny, he's not mysterious and interesting.

  • Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina 2012

    ★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015 10

    People dig this character, or what is going on here? She is goddamn self absorbed to such a degree that I wanted the film to end.

    Kitty and Levin, that's where it's at though.

  • He Got Game

    He Got Game 1998

    ★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015 7

    I'm looking through his filmography and I can't find a film where Denzel did not deliver. He might be in a couple of bad films, there might be all kinds of bad performances around him, but he is always on top of the situation. He makes everything watchable.

    In 'He Got Game' he delivers one of his stronger performances. He gets to work with some pretty complex things and knocks it out of the park of course.

    It's a pretty…

  • Killer Joe

    Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 May, 2015

    I had forgotten just how insane things get in that last scene. McConaughey absolutely kills it, fuck, he hangs everybody out to dry. Not to say that the other performances are bad, they are actually really great. I really dig Haden Church. He nails his role completely. But M.M. is on a different level here.

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil 1958

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2015

    Old school badass. Heston and Welles are on point with top drawer performances. Camera work has a fantastic flow to it and the last 10 minutes are as a good as they get.

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 03 May, 2015 1