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  • Monsters 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2014

    Made for less than $500,000 and crewed by fewer than 10 people, Monsters should be credited just as much for its ambition as for its eventual achievement.

    It's a triumph of low-budget filmmaking, placing its emphasis on the relationship drama at its core rather than the creature visuals, which are used sparingly to fantastic dramatic effect.

    There are some pacing problems, but for the amount it cost, the film is a staggering achievement. No wonder Gareth Edwards got the call to make Godzilla.

  • Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    When the unique voice of David Cronenberg meets the amorphous blob that is Hollywood, the result is a bitey satire of the film industry.

    Cronenberg deals with many issue, such as Hollywood nepotism and the paranoia of the star on top, worried about falling down the pecking order. These themes are teased out via an ensemble of great performances, including from Julianne Moore, youngster Evan Bird and Mia Wasikowska continuing her darker project choices post-Stoker.

    The film plays out like…

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  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Oct, 2012 3

    Hands down the funniest film to have Judd Apatow's name attached to it, Anchorman is already a comedy classic only eight years after its initial release. Many of its quotes are ingrained in popular culture and the mere mention of the film's name causes most human beings to spew forth with quotes.

    Every scene of the film crackles with quotable dialogue: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's script being up amongst the funniest Hollywood has ever produced. In Ron Burgundy, Ferrell…

  • Scary Movie 5 2013

    ½ Watched 12 Apr, 2013

    I have three thoughts:

    1) Yawn.
    2) Sigh.
    3) Just fucking why?