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  • Starry Eyes

    Starry Eyes 2014

    ★½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    Starry Eyes, co-directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, is a below average horror film with a dumb title and weak story. It's really hard to believe it took two people to write and direct it. Considering the poor character development and uneventful story, I'm of the opinion that at least one of them had to be dicking off the whole time.

    A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2015 5

    Let it be said that I am a Paul Thomas Anderson fan. I've loved all of his movies except for Hard Eight and I really liked it. His latest film Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon's novel of the same name was near the top of my must see list for 2014 but I missed it in theaters so I'm just now getting around to seeing it. PTA's films get a lot of love here in the Letterboxd community, but…

  • Venus in Fur

    Venus in Fur 2013

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, which itself is based on the groundbreaking novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is an interesting film. It's both provocative and funny with some solid acting by Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric, the only two actors you actually see in the entire film. It has some of the expected play adapted to film drawbacks, but overall it's an entertaining affair that I quite enjoyed.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • Winter Sleep

    Winter Sleep 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2015

    Winter Sleep, winner of the 2014 Palme d'Or at The Cannes Film Festival, is a long absorbing drama that is very rewarding if you have the patience. No action or explosions here, just pure unadulterated drama

    Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), is a former actor turned proprietor who runs a small hotel in central Anatolia. The cold winter keeps him mostly indoors and among other things forces him to deal with a strained relationship with his much younger wife, and his divorced…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jun, 2015

    Do you know how you'd react when faced with grave danger? Are you the hero or the first guy to get the fuck out of there? I think most people, especially guys will go with the macho answer when considering a fight or flight situation, but I don't think anyone truly knows how they'll react in the shit until they're actually in the shit. I strongly believe that if my family or anyone that I care about was in danger…

  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

    Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jun, 2015

    In his latest stand-up special Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way, the comedian jokes about things like religion, guns, and romantic comedies. It's my least favorite of his specials that I've seen, but it was still good for a lot of genuine laughs.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    From what I understand this is a beloved children's story. I'd never heard of it until the film's release, but if the original story is anything like this film I can completely understand why people love it. Paddington is a charming character and surprisingly the use of live action and animation here is not a complete disaster. In fact it looks really damn good. I liked it and my kids loved it so it's a win all around.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • Mommy

    Mommy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    Xavier Dolan's Mommy, is a film that will resonate deep within the soul of many people who view it. It's a film that touched so intimately on things from my own childhood that it often felt like a vivid dream instead of a movie.

    A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
    -IMDb

    The first thing struck me about Mommy was the aspect ratio. It starts out…

  • Honeymoon

    Honeymoon 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2015 2

    With Honeymoon, director Leigh Janiak tries her hand at the done to death cabin in the woods style horror film and literally attempts to shine a light on it. His efforts mostly fail due to a lackluster story that's far too vague and not scary at all.

    Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) are a pair of newlyweds who decide to spend their honeymoon at a secluded cabin in the woods. There newlywed bliss slowly begins to unravel after…

  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    Considering the fact that most kids will never have heard of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show from which the characters in Mr. Peabody & Sherman are based, it's a surprisingly entertaining film for all ages. I expected it to be just another kids film I'd have to tolerate as my kids watched it over and over but I must say, I actually enjoyed it.

    The time-traveling adventures of a brilliant dog named Mr. Peabody, and his adopted human son Sherman.

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  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    Ana Lily Amirpour's feature length debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an impressive film in a lot of ways. The fact it's an Iranian vampire film (the first of it's kind) was reason enough for me to want to see it, and I was immediately struck by Amirpour's unique visual style. The problem is that the story she has to tell is poorly paced, and full of one dimensional and uninteresting characters. Once the novelty of it…

  • The Fly

    The Fly 1986

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2015 2

    David Cronenberg's The Fly, loosely based on George Langelaan's 1957 short story of the same name, which was also the basis for Kurt Neumann's 1958 film, is an interesting and at times grotesque entry into the sci-fi horror genre. Released in the 80's while Cronenberg was in the midst of his body horror phase, it certainly lives up to that billing.

    Eccentric yet brilliant scientist Seth Brundle's (Jeff Goldblum) attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quiafe (Genna Davis) with his…