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  • Hush

    Hush 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2016

    Mike Flanagan's Hush is a film most of us have seen before. Nothing about it is original, not even the protagonist being a deaf mute is original for a thriller (e.g. Hear No Evil). I'm quite sure Flanagan probably knew that when he conceived the film. So as the filmmaking process started he had two choices. 1. He could phone it in and make the same old thriller we've seen 1000 times or 2. He could overcome that shortcoming with…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Apr, 2016

    Whether you're a fan of Apple and it's products or not, There's no denying co-founder Steve Jobs impact on the tech business. His death in October of 2011 due to pancreatic cancer was a huge loss for the business of technology. Danny Boyle's biopic Steve Jobs focuses on his rise and fall then rise again with Apple. His death isn't even mentioned. As biopics go, it's an interesting film about one of the true innovators of mine and many others…

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red 1994

    ★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    Three Colors: Red, the third film in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors Trilogy seems to be the consensus favorite in the trilogy. For whatever reason the storyline didn't interest me quite as much as the story in the previous two films. It was good, and it connects the three films in an interesting way. I was just a little bored by it.

    I didn't like the overall trilogy as much as most people, but they are undeniably good films about French contemporary life with excellent performances.

    The Ron Says: See the entire trilogy.

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White 1994

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    Hell hath no fury like a man scorned?

    Three Colors: White, the second film in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy features a lighter tone than the first film...well on the surface anyway. The themes actually get pretty dark, and from a personal perspective I found it more relatable than the first film. Three Colors: Red seems to be the consensus best of the trilogy. It'll be the next film I watch. Hopefully I agree.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue 1993

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2016

    Three Colors: Blue the first film in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy is a deeply emotional film. It tells the story of a woman trying to live her life after the tragic loss of her husband and five year old child. Juliette Binoche is excellent in the lead role. The emotional impact of the story didn't quite hit me like I thought it would so my rating is a little lower than most people's but it's definitely a solid film. I'm very interested in seeing the next two. Hopefully they're just as good if not better than this one.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2016 2

    John Crowley's Brooklyn looks great, has a good story, and is wonderfully acted. It's a really good film, but it's either one I wasn't in the mood for or one that just didn't resonate with me. It's a period drama, a genre that will almost never be my first or even second choice. So it's a bit tricky for me to actually love one. Basically what I'm saying is, for a lot of people this film will probably be great. Just not for me and not today.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2016

    Two of the bigger films from 2015 are based on true stories, and were guaranteed to piss me off. One being Spotlight which is about the child molestation scandal that rocked The Catholic Priesthood. The other being The Big Short which is about the credit/housing market crash that took place in the mid 2000's. I watched Spotlight a few days ago and loved it. It pissed me off as predicted, but it's an excellent film. Today it was time to…

  • WWE WrestleMania 32

    WWE WrestleMania 32 2016

    ★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2016 1

    Match Number 1

    Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship

    Champion Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn VS Zack Ryder VS Dolph Ziggler VS The Miz VS Stardust VS Sin Cara

    ***1/2

    Far from the best ladder match I've seen, but it had plenty of the big spots you'd expect, including a nasty exploder suplex delivered by Zayn to Owens on a ladder. It was so nasty looking that the medical staff checked to make sure Owens was OK. I was actually…

  • NXT TakeOver: Dallas

    NXT TakeOver: Dallas 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2016 2

    Match Number 1

    American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan) vs The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)

    ****
    Hell of a match to open the show. These guys worked their asses off and really got the crowd hot to kickoff NXT TakeOver Dallas. One botched move by The Revival kept me from giving this match an extra half star.

    Match Number 2

    Baron Corbin VS Austin Aries (Making his NXT in ring debut)

    ***1/2

    Solid match, it would have been nice…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2016 2

    There's a real good chance I've said this before, but I honestly don't think there's any way around it now Quentin Tarantino is my favorite director. The Hateful 8 is fittingly his eight film and like the previous 7 I couldn't rate it below 4 stars. This is quite simply another classic for Tarantino that features everything I love about his films. His trademark violence, action, humor, and great cast are all there in a film I found compelling from…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2016

    Tom McCarthy's fact based Spotlight which won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony is one hell of a film. The story by itself is undeniably powerful, but standout performances by all involved and a very well written script that portrays those involved as doing their job and doing what is right as opposed to heroes is excellent. I was afraid this would be one of those good but boring best picture winners. Not the case at all its…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

    ★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2016

    As we all know, sometimes trailers and TV spots can really hurt a film if they give too much away. It's for that reason I generally avoid trailers before I see a film. I pretty much only watch the trailers that accompany a film I'm watching at the cinema or at home. The problem is you can't always avoid them. This was the case with 10 Cloverfield Lane. The last couple of films I saw in theaters had trailers for…