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  • The Judge

    The Judge 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    At times David Dobkin's The Judge feels like a made for TV movie with one hell of a casting director. It's full of clichés, and it's about as typical a courtroom drama as you're going to get, but Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are perfectly cast. They both provide excellent performances, doing their best with what is a very lackluster script. It's a film designed to pull at your heart strings, but it only succeeds at doing so in…

  • Young Ones

    Young Ones 2014

    ★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2015

    I didn't know much about Jake Paltrow's Young Ones going in, but the fact it stars my boy Michael Shannon in what was described as a dystopian sci-fi thriller was reason enough for me to give it a go. I wasn't expecting anything great due to how little I've heard about the film, but with Shannon involved I figured it would be at least watchable, and it is. The story and characters could have been a little more fleshed out,…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    I don't read as often as I'd like or probably should, but reading is something that I do enjoy. It's just given the choice of a book or a film, I'll choose the film 95% of the time. The Hunger Games trilogy represents one of those rare occasions where I've read the books well before the films were even in production. As far as the books go, I enjoy the series but I felt they dropped in quality as they…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Mar, 2015

    It's unfortunate that what is likely the best performances of both Steve Carell and Channing Tatum's careers had to come in such a tedious film. Foxcatcher is an interesting true crime story, but director Bennett Miller fails at connecting the viewer to the tension of the real life events. This is the type of film that would be great with a proper ominous tone and a less predictable build up.

    Ron's recommendation: Reluctantly, see it.

  • Crash

    Crash 2004

    ★★½ Rewatched 01 Mar, 2015 4

    Crash, or what I feel now would be the more appropriately titled Paul Haggis' Everyone is Racist is probably my most important re-watch since I joined Letterboxd. I originally saw it in theaters back in 2004 and I absolutely loved it. I guess I thought most people shared my love, but not long after I joined the site I started noticing quite a bit of hate for this film that I loved so much. I read the negative reviews, but…

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2015

    This re-watch was a little sad for me. You see A History of Violence was one of my few 5 star films, and like with so many before it, I felt compelled to lower my rating after this most recent re-watch. It's very rare that any film holds that top rating for me. I still love the film. The atmosphere, the tension, and William Hurt's performance are all still fantastic, but it lost just a little something from the last…

  • The Interview

    The Interview 2014

    Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    All that fucking controversy over this shit? That's a wee bit embarassing!!!

    Ron's recommendation: Watch anything else instead.

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Feb, 2015

    Life Itself is an interesting, touching, and often heartbreaking account of famed film critic Roger Ebert's life and career. He's probably the most recognizable and well liked film critic of all time. He became famous for doing what so many of us here on Letterboxd joined the site to do...write about and discuss movies. We've all seen his thumbs up reviews on movie posters and cases from his time reviewing films with Gene Siskel and later Richard Roeper. Whether we…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Feb, 2015

    The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch is fairly typical as far as biopics go, but Cumberbatch's strong performance along with the interesting true story make it an above average film that's well worth seeing.

    Ron's recommendation: See it.

  • Zombieland

    Zombieland 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2015 4

    Featuring quite possibly the most epic cameo of all time, Zombieland holds up remarkably well on re-watches, and it's one of the best films the zombie subgenre has to offer.

    Ron's recommendation: Must see!

  • Predestination

    Predestination 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    Back to the Future: Go Fuck Yourself

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    I think a lot of people only know Stephen Hawking as the really smart guy in a wheelchair with a funny robot voice. I knew a little more about him than that going into The Theory of Everything, but not much. I had always assumed he was born the way he is, but I quickly learned that he didn't become afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease until he was in college. I also didn't know he was a father. So you…