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  • Kon-Tiki

    Kon-Tiki 2012

    ★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    There is no excitement here at all. Where's the adventure? I feel like 2,5 might even be a little too generous.

  • All the Right Moves

    All the Right Moves 1983

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    Solid early Cruise. It hits a lot of real moments that I really dug.

  • World War Z

    World War Z 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Aug, 2015 13

    This has become one of those flicks that I can always thrown on. I don't know if it's that underrated - what seems to be the consensus on it? - but I don't think there are that many people that actually love the film. Pitt is awesome, it's incredibly well paced and there are so many fun ideas spread around. The tenth man, the way they start fighting back against the zombies, the Israeli wall (just a great visual), it's all well done.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy 2003

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2015

    I'm dropping it down point five this time. When I watched it for the first time many years ago, it was one of the most fantastic movie experiences I had had up until then. It's still well written, has great performances and flows really well, but it does feel a little dated. The score is also great, it should be said.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Aug, 2015

    3 and 4 are still a little better in my book.

    But. Rebecca Ferguson is great, the pacing is spot on, the action is all fantastic and the villain is pretty decent. McQuarrie is definitely a solid director.

    Tom Cruise is still the man. He delivers each and every time, in the stunts department, in the acting department, in the star factor department. Cruise on.

  • Rust and Bone

    Rust and Bone 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2015 7

    It's just powerful filmmaking that knocks me out once again. Performances out of this world and Audiard has a fun sense for popular music and what works in a scene.

  • The Gauntlet

    The Gauntlet 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2015 2

    This was way better than I had expected. It's Clint with a twist but still badass. Sandra Locke is really good and it's well paced. Great action flick packed with funny lines.

  • Compliance

    Compliance 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2015

    It's a difficult one to rate. From what I can gather through reading various places, this is very close to what really happened, so it's not really fair to knock the film for anything that feels fucked up. I do think Zobel goes at it with the good sense of letting things play out. He doesn't really manipulate you into feeling a certain way, and it gets you thinking. But again, very difficult film to wrap my head around.

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★ Watched 06 Aug, 2015 2

    There are similarities to Only Lovers Left Alive, but they only serve to show what a good director adds to a film. They are both slow vampire movies with at least some focus on music. Love stories as well. Jarmusch makes the pace and music work, Amirpour does not. The love story in ...Alive works, this one does not at all. It's just sort of there all of a sudden. Not a fan.

  • A Prophet

    A Prophet 2009

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Aug, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Absolutely one of the best prison films of all time. It's brutal, extremely well acted, incredibly intense and perfectly paced. There's a fantastic sense of when to add a good song and montage that shit and there's a real feeling for when to hit hard or take it slow. The film wouldn't work without Tahar Rahim - he sells every seconds. You have to believe his transformation from a scared but violent 19 year old to the king of the castle. And he delivers.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 3

    It's all in that piece of music. It starts out with a sort of buzzing, not quite, but almost and then comes the clapping and the strings and it's quietly soaring, quietly so I don't notice it until it's all over and then I'm left there floating, hanging, not quite sure if I'm happy or sad, probably a bit of both. It ends the way it's gotta end, it ends where many films don't end and anybody watching the film can take away exactly what they want from it.

  • Into the Night

    Into the Night 1985

    ★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 9

    It starts out pretty funny but then it goes on for way too long. The list of cameos is stacked though - and extremely weird. Cronenberg, David Bowie (more than a cameo), Jonathan Demme, Bruce McGill, etc...