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  • Neighbors 2014

    ★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014 2

    Nicholas Stoller's Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron is a film I found short on laughs and long on annoying. It was weird, I normally like Rogen, but the poorly written dialogue between him and Rose Byrne annoyed the fuck out of me. As for Efron, he didn't annoy me as much as Rogen which was a bit of a surprise, but I'm still not a fan. The story of the "old" couple with a baby versus the college…

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975

    ★★★ Watched 26 Oct, 2014

    Picnic at Hanging Rock is director Peter Weir's breakthrough Australian drama. It's a film with a mesmerizing atmosphere and dream like story. Sadly I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. It's a little too ambiguous for it's own good. I like ambiguity in cinema most of the time, but in certain cases it doesn't work for me. Here it's almost completely ambiguous, and it left me wanting answers or at least something that would allow me…

  • Judgment at Nuremberg 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014 2

    Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg centers on the trial of four Nazi Judges accused of war crimes. The four may not have directly carried out executions or other atrocities, but their decisions in the courtroom directly contributed to the death of millions. The four men are tried by a Tribunal of judges lead by Cheif Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy). The Tribunal is tasked with determining if these men are guitly of war crimes or victims themselves of the Nazi…

  • Coherence 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    If Primer, Melancholia, and Upstream Color somehow fucked each other, and one of them gave birth, that's what James Ward Byrkit's Coherence was like for me. Trust me, that's a good thing.

    Ron's recommendation: See it!

  • The 400 Blows 1959

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    François Truffaut's first feature, The 400 Blows, is a deeply personal film. Truffaut unsentimentally re-creates his own childhood through the eyes of his cinematic counterpart Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud). Through Antoine we see the difficulties of Truffaut's childhood. Oppressive teachers, aloof parents, and petty crime were all apart of Truffaut's young life. Apparently things turned out alright though, because he became one of Europe's most brilliant auteurs.

    The 400 Blows, a film I'd never heard of until I joined Letterboxd,…

  • Locke 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Oct, 2014 8

    Writer/director Steven Knight took a huge risk with his film Locke. The entire film relies on a gimmick and for it to work the gimmick has to work. Knight's film is set almost entirely in a single location, that location being the inside of a car. The car is moving so maybe saying single location isn't proper. It's more of a single setting. Knight is not the first director to use a single setting so he's not breaking any new…

  • On the Waterfront 1954

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront is one of those classic films I was long overdue to see. It won 8 Academy Awards in 1954 including Best Picture and a Best Actor win for Marlon Brando. It's one of those films that as a fan of cinema I just knew I had to see. Now that I've seen it I felt like I do about a lot of classics. It's a damn good film, but I probably would have liked in…

  • North by Northwest 1959

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    Since I joined Letterboxd back in 2012 I've been slowly working my way through legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's canon. Before joining the site I'd only ever seen Psycho. I've found myself more respecting his work and how it laid the groundwork for countless films that would follow than loving it like so many do. I felt exactly the same way after my viewing of North by Northwest. Released in 1959 it's influence on the action/thriller genre is still obvious today.…

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014 2

    Nowadays I like to go into films as blind as possible. I try to avoid trailers and reading reviews before I've see a film. I generally only like to know who it's directed by and how it's being received. When it comes to Josh Boone's The Fault In Our Stars based on the novel of the same name by John Greene, going in blind just wasn't possible. You see my wife read the book long before the release of the…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    One word: Fascinating!!!

    Ron's recommendation: Must see! You have to know this story.

  • Happythankyoumoreplease 2010

    ★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2014 2

    Josh Radnor's HappyThankYouMorePlease is another one of those films that does the several interconnected stories thing. There's no shortage of those in the world, some are good, some are okay, and some are awful. This one fits snuggly into the okay range. It's perfectly likable, but doesn't really do anything that stands out and elevates it to a really good film. I'm glad I saw it, but if I hadn't it wouldn't be a big deal.

    Ron's recommendation: It's worth seeing once.

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★½ Watched 09 Oct, 2014

    They Came Together, took a shit, and out popped this terrible movie.