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  • Rudderless 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015 5

    With the awesomeness that was 2014's Whiplash, William H. Macy's Rudderless, a film with music at it's core, and one that like that film featured a darker undertone didn't get much press. I only knew about it after seeing a trailer in front of another film I watched. Similar to Whiplash, and other music based films like Once, the music was good. Not as good as the music in the films I mentioned, but good nonetheless. The reason Rudderless isn't…

  • Dear White People 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    I didn't think Justin Simien's Dear White People was as sharp or witty as some make it out to be, but I think his film works well as satire, and he handles the discussion of race in today's society well. I think I was expecting it to be a little more on the funny side than it was, which probably affected my overall opinion of the film.

    Ron's recommendation: See it.

  • Fury 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2015

    If there's one thing cinema isn't lacking, it's films set in or around WWII. It's a war that lends itself to great stories. Whether it's an all out war film, the tale of a great battle, or the story of survival against all odds, there's an abundance of films with what is history's most popular war as the backdrop. David Ayer's Fury is another one that can be added to that never ending list. A list that covers every end…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015 10

    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.…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2015 10

    If I were to make a list of my favorite directors, David Fincher would easily be in my top 5. I've loved every film he's done, and he's mastered the thriller which just so happens to be my favorite genre. So as you can imagine I was extremely excited to see his latest film Gone Girl. I'm a little late watching it on the second day of the new year, but as I expected Fincher held true to form and…

  • Tusk 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Dec, 2014

    Kevin Smith's Tusk is utterly fucking ridiculous. It's a bit horror, a bit comedy, but mostly just fucking weird. I kept thinking I was watching complete shit, but then I'd laugh really hard at something. I wouldn't call it one of those films that's so bad it's good, it's more a case of it's so bad it's almost good. The laughs come at how fucked up it all is, but I think the most fucked up thing about the whole…

  • 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…

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★½ Watched 27 Dec, 2014 4

    Adam Wingard's The Guest is a film I felt was a good in theory, but it's held back by some lackluster acting and unnecessary campiness. The plot which centers around a soldier introducing himself to a family claiming to have served with their son who was killed in action gets off to an interesting start. It's clear from the very beginning that something is up with David (Dan Stevens). At first glance he's a nice young man willing to do…

  • 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…

  • The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    The first word that came to my mind after watching The Skeleton Twins was unexpected. It stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Most of us will associate those names with their gigs as former SNL cast members. Anytime I see a poster, trailer or a dvd cover for a film starring former SNL cast members, I immediately expect a stupid comedy. In fact without googling it or checking IMDb, I'm fairly certain this two particular former casts members have been…

  • 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…

  • This Is Where I Leave You 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2014

    I'm not usually a big fan of these dysfunctional family comedies. Mainly because a lot of them suck, but Shawn Levy's This is Where I Leave You starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and others was an enjoyable enough hour and forty five minutes.

    Ron's recommendation: Give it a shot, you can definitely do worse when it comes to this type of film.