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matt has written 946 reviews for films during 2014.

  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★★★

    love is blind.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★½

    "There was never a perfect person around."

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★

    one of your more distressingly well-extrapolated dystopias.

  • The Curse of the Alpha Stone

    The Curse of the Alpha Stone

    ★★★

    a cheap, talky, hilariously offensive softcore sex film without much sex in it, about a college professor who creates the Philosopher's Stone of alchemical legend only to discover that it is the Funkiest, Coldest Medina in the universe. oh, and it's a thriller.

  • The Chase

    The Chase

    ★★★

    "We've given the word 'mob' a bad name!" -- Dr. Julius Hibbert

  • Hereafter

    Hereafter

    ★★★

    i enjoy the overall pragmatism here. there's no push for belief, rather a characteristic lack of portent from Eastwood, who clearly has much less interest in the supernatural than he does in simply observing this assortment of lonely hearts.

  • Lady Ramboh

    Lady Ramboh

    ★★★

    the last 15 minutes or so of this are pretty much the final assault from COMMANDO but shot on video and instead of Schwarzenegger it's a sexy Japanese lady wearing a black studded leather bra/miniskirt and thigh-high boots. enjoy.

  • The Sheik

    The Sheik

    ★★½

    I FIND YOU AND PUT YOU FUCKING MOVIE IN CAMEL CLUTCH, Who gives a fuck

  • Zulu

    Zulu

    ★★

    a bug planet.

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★

    pretty gnarly in its total fear of female sexual desire. Eastwood even takes a literal tumble down a pretty obviously Freudian staircase. sure, his character is also a lying manipulative horndog, but his ultimate fate here is presented in a very "careful what you wish for" context. the women use their sex and the perception of their vulnerability as emotional bargaining chips, each of them fully aware of the extent to which they're willing to let themselves be exploited. in…

  • I'm Not There.

    I'm Not There.

    ★★★

    i love the formal construction. Haynes is famously a trained semiotician and watching him tease out connections here is a lot of fun, as is the way he uses entire segments as glue to hold the others together (specifically the Rimbaud stuff). but i know absolutely nothing about music, even less about Dylan, and if i'm being honest, i really don't care. i never found myself lost, but a lot of the flourishes in dialogue or references to his songs…

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    it's taken me 25 years or so but i finally actually fucking understand the bad guys' plan in this, and i just want to write it down for posterity.

    a Soviet general fakes his own defection to the West and recapture by the KGB -- both to stall for time and to gain Bond's trust in order to trick him into killing a key rival -- after he is caught diverting state funds meant for an illicit arms deal, which…