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matt has written 23 reviews for films rated during 2014.

  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    elaborates at tedious length on every single obvious irony that wanders in front of Altman's particularly lazy camera here. something this silly has no business being so laborious and smug.

  • Needful Things

    Needful Things

    dreadful, truncated, inert, toned-down adaptation of a bloated, pointless book that was only ever charming in the first place because of its dedication to expansive, gruesome misanthropy. only Max von Sydow seems to be having a good time, which is both appropriate and too bad.

  • Harsh Times

    Harsh Times

    PTSD among military men (and women, not that you'd know that from this) is absolutely a serious problem, but this does absolutely nothing to dispel the equally insidious stigma that armed servicepersons are trigger-happy maniacs poisoned by duty and brainwashed into violence. here that's depicted with, it must be noted, pretty convincing verisimilitude, but it's also tied the most banal kind of twisted masculinity narrative, with a couple of bros tooling around a bleach-bypassed, step-framed LA looking to blow off…

  • Stretch

    Stretch

    Joe Carnahan seems like the kind of guy who describes his own work as "edgy".

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    generic, cheap, interminable.

  • REALITi

    REALITi

    like a SyFy pilot INCEPTION ripoff. dreadful.

  • Brick Mansions

    Brick Mansions

    literally no reason for this to exist. an almost 1:1 recycling of the already mediocre BANLIEUE 13, only 20 minutes longer.

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    "The sad part is, some of the compositions were pretty good."

  • The Expendables 3

    The Expendables 3

    "I am the Hague."

    that's a line spoken by a covert mercenary tasked with escorting a war criminal to the International Criminal Court, and it's also a play on a famous line from a character (played once by the same actor) who's a satirical symbol of fascist totalitarianism. i love how the heroes in these movies, ostensibly the good guys, are ex-SpecOps black bag guys contracted by the CIA. like the Agency hires mercs under the table to do unambiguously…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    the last one, bloated and utterly indecipherable though it may have been, was directed by Gore Verbinski, so it also had a pirate ship blown literally to splinters in ultra slow motion and a sword fight between Sparrow and a squid-man on the mast of a ship spiraling into a whirlpool in the middle of a naval battle in the middle of a hurricane as the camera flew around it in circles. this has Rob Marshall's rote coverage and the…

  • Divergent

    Divergent

    aka NOT ANOTHER TEEN UPRISING.

  • I Am Here....Now

    I Am Here....Now

    so bad it's good is a lie.