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  • The Butterfly Effect 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    It's amazing sometimes how much our perspective can change. When I joined Letterboxd I posted a 5 star review for The Butterfly Effect based off memory. I originally watched it on DVD the year it was released and loved it. I saw it several more times in the years that followed and loved it each time. My last viewing was probably sometime in 2005. It's a film I worried my older, wiser, Letterboxd member self wouldn't like as much when…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015 8

    Damien Chazelle's Whiplash is an impressive piece of work on several fronts. It's a film centered around music, but it's more a film about the drive and passion of it's main characters for their artform. It's an exploration of how far certain people will push themselves to achieve greatness. Often in a way that's a great detriment, not only to them, but to others. It felt like it had a message, that to succeed you have to be an asshole.…

  • The Boxtrolls 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    A kids films with a cross dressing villain? Boy the times are a changing!

    The Boxtrolls, based upon the book Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, is a stop motion animated film directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. It features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Tracy Morgan, and Elle Fanning. Kingsley is the voice of "Snatcher", an exterminator who along with his co-workers has promised to rid the town of the evil…

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jan, 2015 5

    Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, a film that snuck into this years Oscar Race for Best Picture is a solid film, but not one I would put in the Best Picture race for almost any year. It features Eastwood's sure handed direction, and a great performance by Bradley Cooper, but as a whole I just didn't think it was anything special.

    American Sniper tells the story of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal nicknamed "The Legend" by his fellow service men due…

  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    Disney's Big Hero 6, or if you prefer, one of the movies the Academy snubbed The Lego Movie for, is actually a really good film. It's not as good as The Lego Movie, but it's good nonetheless.

    Set in the alternate reality city of San Fransokyo, Big Hero 6 chronicles the adventures of kid genius Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) and "Baymax" (voiced by Scott Adsit) a robot personal healthcare companion designed by his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney).

    I must…

  • Housebound 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2015 2

    One of the many reasons I love Letterboxd is the films you can discover here. I like many of you have found some very good films on the site that I might not have otherwise heard of if I wasn't a member. Housebound from writter/director Gerard Johnstone, is another one of those films. It's a gem of a horror/comedy set in New Zealand that delivers a solid amount of laughs if horror on the funny side happens to be your…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    The Drop, based on Dennis LeHane's short story Animal Rescue, features Tom Hardy in yet another strong performance. I've been impressed with Hardy in everything I've seen him in and this film is no different. The man can carry a film all by himself. The problem with this overall film is there's just not enough to it. It's interesting throughout, and Hardy's Bob is an intriguing character, but it left me wanting more. From the very beginning I got what…

  • Cloud Atlas 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jan, 2015

    The first time I saw Cloud Atlas directed by The Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer, based on the novel by David Mitchell, I loved it, but I was a bit overwhelmed. The film features 6 different stories that transcend time and space and cross multiple genres. It's a period piece, film noir, thriller, sci-fi, and even a comedy all pieced together brilliantly. The accomplished cast of actors play up to six different roles that span from 1849 through 2321. It's a…

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015 5

    You know, I like Liam Neeson, I really do, but fuck he takes some shitty roles. I was expecting another typical Neeson-is-a-badass kind of film based on the the trailers I'd seen for A Walk Among the Tombstones, but that's not what this was at all. I mean I suppose Neeson was a bit of a badass, but the most relevant part of the film's title is the word walk. Neeson spends a good portion of the film just walking…

  • Ida 2014

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jan, 2015 4

    Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida is a film that I'd really hoped to like but was extremely bored by. I just couldn't get into it or make myself care about the story. I can't even muster up the motivation to write much about it. My 2.5 stars are for the acting which was good and the use of black & white that I felt fit well.

    Ron's recommendation: See it, odds are you'll like it better than I did.

  • Horns 2013

    ★★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Harry Potter and the Horns of Truth

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015 4

    Due to the fact that I pretty much only watch movie trailers when they're in front of a film, I didn't know much about Lenny Abrahamson's Frank at all. In fact, going by the posters I'd seen, I thought it was some sort of animated film. Now normally I know enough about a film going in to know whether it's animated or not, but with Frank I added it to my watchlist months ago after seeing some positive ratings, and…