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  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2014

    'Her' is a fantastic film. A soulful meditation on our lives, past, near and future and our ever-evolving relationship with technology.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

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

    Fincher is at his usual here — his atmosphere, cinematography, moody score from the always excellent Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and a great ensemble cast that's at their best.

    Now, whether the above is a good or bad thing, it's almost expected from Fincher. I'm getting the feeling that a Fincher film is now just that. I found myself partially distracted by the craft of Fincher — his consistent tone and style — that it bothered me just a…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015 2

    “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job’.”

    Bejesus! My heart won't stop pounding for the next three days.

    Intense, intense and intensity.

    I'm partial to this film, perhaps more so, because aside from being a musician, my primary instrument has been drums. I'm not a jazz drummer (rock has been my focus), but as a lifelong percussion enthusiast, all forms of drumming have appealed to me — jazz in particular, especially done here,…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ½ Watched 30 Jan, 2014

    Fist. Eggplant.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2011

    80s nostalgia cues aside, this is one hell of a film from Nicolas Winding Refn. If you go in not knowing what to expect, then you'll be rewarded. And it's best if you know as little as possible before seeing it.

    Michael Mann gets namedropped when people see this and it's not surprising why. But Refn has a quicker, faster pulse than Mann does and ultimately, the film stands on its own easily.

    A little haunting, in a good way.

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    Wow. I didn't expect this to be anywhere near as good as it is.

    In fact, it's almost a perfect film.

    I felt bad for all the children who were watching it — all the little jokes and gags for adults, but then realized that was the brilliance of The LEGO Movie — it was made for everyone. The plot and sequencing is perfect for all ages to enjoy and the older you were, the more you could pick up…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2012

    Possibly the first Bond film that I'll remember in a long time, Skyfall does a great job of doing what The Dark Knight Rises aimed to do — show a hero fall from grace, struggle with his purpose in life and redeem himself — but better. Christopher Nolan could have learnt from Sam Mendes here. The pacing and transitions are better, smarter and resonate deeper.

    The film resets Bond and makes him vulnerable, including everyone he's involved with. Yes, unfortunately,…

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014

    I've now watched this film three times — when it first came out in theaters, on a plane to Malaysia and then again a few days ago.

    I was surprised at how damn good the film was the first time and I'd been itching to watch it again. When it showed up on release, and my flight had it, I re-watched. Again, it's damn pitch-perfect and had to watch it one more time to see if I still felt the…

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle 2013

    Added 2

    What happened?! Got bored halfway and stopped watching.

    What did I miss?!

  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977

    ★★★½ Rewatched 08 May, 2015

    Part of the Despecialized Edition.

    It's great watching these films again in the way I first saw them as a child, but with all the added benefits of the various clean-ups over the decades.

    A New Hope still holds up well, and it's remarkable that the balance and restraint George Lucas shows here is galaxies far away from what has come past this original trilogy and the heavy-handed edits since.

    The cast really has great chemistry that is further enhanced…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    (Downgraded to 1 from 2.5 after further reflection, and rewatching Mad Max: Fury Road)

    The good: Chris Pratt, the Park/World that John Hammond dreamed about come to life, BD Wong still playing slightly sinister characters, nerd control room hero guy, Bryce Dallas Howard's eyes, Life With My Four Raptors.

    The Bad: who-was-that-person-oh-they-died, the commercial and yet very realistic world we live in driven by evil corps., the templated plot (still all about the raptors, the control room and the main…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★½ Watched 05 May, 2014

    Post-apocalyptic dystopia on a train meets the Raid/OldBoy meets The Hunger Games meets Willy Wonka meets Noah's Ark. Yep.

    But it's worth watching. I may not have outright liked it, but it worth another look at a vision of the future.