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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Just like music is integral to Andrew's (Miles Teller) life, so it is to Whiplash as a movie. From beginning to end, Whiplash is a snappy film, underlined with a steady jazz beat that gives it momentum.

    What I appreciate about this movie is its rawness. The way it unapologetically draws the attention to the physicality of drumming - from the dripping sweat to the bloody, blistering fingers. On a psychological level it is even more brutal. Central to the…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★½

    Gravity has received much attention, and makes it onto many "best of" movie lists. Yet it seemed to me that it did not bring anything new to the table. It features a rather standard science-fiction scenario centering around the isolating and lonely nature of space, awkward PG-13 acting, and a survival scenario in which I found myself rooting against the main character.

    It should be said that I watched this movie on a rather dull ten-year-old television, rather than in…

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  • Dracula Untold

    Dracula Untold

    ★★

    Terrible, terrible story. Plot holes the size of Transylvania galore. Had some nifty special effects and a good soundtrack though

  • Juno

    Juno

    ★★★

    Unique style, but sometimes a bit over the top. It took me a while to get used to. Sweet movie, especially loved Juno's best friend and Juno's parents.