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  • A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2014 2

    This was a fantastic surprise. It wasn't what I thought it would be at all. It sort of turned my expectations on their head and delivered something that I had not seen before. Talking about that would spoil it, so I won't go into details.

    For overall impact and atmosphere this would be to 2014 what Killing Them Softly was to 2012 and Out of the Furnace was to 2013. Not saying they're necessarily similar in story or anything like that, but there is a certain pace and atmosphere to them all. Oscar Isaac is a badass.

  • Unbroken 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015 2

    It's completely straight forward and what you expect but the performances are decent and it is all delivered pretty sincerely which goes a long way for me. Deakins is always worth watching. You all know it and you all know you will eventually watch it to see the master do his thing so spare me the oscar bait talk.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2014 25

    Where to begin.. I don't care enough about this to discuss everything.

    It was my first time experiencing 3D 48 fps and while it was interesting, it was frankly quite distracting and didn't really add anything. The 3D is by now convincing as much as it can be, but why do we need it? I think, having seen a couple of 3D films now, I just don't need it. It does not feel like a film and even less so…

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2015 6

    The haters can stuff it somewhere this time. It's old school epic and Bale is a solid Moses. It looks pretty great and it's dedicated to Tony Scott. That's worth a star alone, at least.

  • Hello Ladies: The Movie 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Dec, 2014

    I like Stephen Merchant, I like the show, I like the movie.

  • Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015 6

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

    A slow burn that just keeps lingering. Watched it two days ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. Phenomenal acting from everyone involved.

    When du Pont shoots Schultz... it's one of the best scenes I have seen in a very long time. It hits so hard that I'm still trying to understand it. I knew exactly what was coming but it got to me anyway. Every time a shot rang out I jumped in my seat. I think it's the masterful building of dread and then everything hits so hard in a flash and it's gone again. So cold.

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014 21

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

    Slight warning about possible sentimentalism in review.

    It's usually pretty easy for me to get down my ratings on films, but this one has been hard decide on. I feel that there are some things that I cannot really overlook in this film that take away a half star, but on the other hand, Interstellar reaches fantastic heights, things that beat anything Nolan has ever done before.

    It's a grand and ambitious vision. Say what you will, but films like…

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Dec, 2014

    Jake Gyllenhaal is on one of the greatest runs right now. He keeps mixing it up and each time I see how young he is, I'm amazed at how many fantastic different roles he has played already.

    Nightcrawler is one of his strongest performances yet. He is fantastic and just draws you in in a weird way.

    I loved the ending, really one of the best endings of the year and the music tops everything off perfectly.

  • Fury 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2014 2

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

    The tone.. I don't quite get it. Ayer starts Fury out pretty realistically. It's brutal, it's bloody and it looks like I imagine it would have looked in 1945. But then we get that ending. One tank vs. 200 guys or whatever, and it starts approaching a Rambo sort of thing.

    No, that's unfair, but I do think it went overboard. Logan Lerman's change was unconvincing for me, but half of that is the guy himself. I'm just not a…

  • Stretch 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2014 1

    It seems to be getting a bit of hate and I can see why. I just decided to sit back, though, and enjoy the ride and I ended up having some of the most fun I've had with a movie this year. It's nothing new at all and it takes from a lot of different movies, but it does the night-getting-worse concept well and keeps coming up with insane and fun characters. Patrick Wilson is a good leading man and…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Dec, 2014 2

    I can't remember the last time I enjoyed moviemaking as much as I did with Whiplash. The last 10 minutes kept building and building and I sat and sat and tension tension tension... YES! I wanted to tell everyone how masterful it was. The only thing that is keeping this from the 5 stars is that the story could use a few more elements, but the simplicity is also in a way what makes it work. As an experience, this is 10 goddamn stars. This is cinema. Colin the dude says it best. It's all about the editing and precision.

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2014 6

    I'm a little torn on this. The rating could be a little higher, but I'll leave it here since that was my initial feeling.

    Being a David Fincher film, Gone Girl is of course technically brilliant. Not really anything I could say about it in that department that drags it down. Direction, design, look, score, acting, pretty fantastic as always. What does take it down a notch for me though is having read the book. This is an unfair criticism,…