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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    There's much to admire about Under the Skin, primarily its gorgeous visuals. "Gorgeous," that's a word that gets tossed around a lot. I always feel slightly guilty when I dust it off, because it doesn't really say anything. But every once in a while, you come upon a film like Under the Skin, whose photography is so unique and spine-tingling that "gorgeous" is the only word that fits. Director Jonathan Glazer and his crew designed a new kind of camera…

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2014

    David Wain co-writing a rom-com parody with Michael Showalter, also featuring Michael Ian Black? Right there, I’m sold, give me my ticket (or Video on Demand, as the case may be). A long-time Stella fan, and fashionably late to The State, They Came Together is right up my alley. Throwing in Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd as an independent candy store owner and a candy corporation stooge, respectively, only sweetens the pot. The movie isn’t perfect; some scenes go on…

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  • Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2012 4

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2012

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.