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  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★½

    There has been a lot of praise being heaped upon this film, a while I agree that Cianfrance is a bold and exciting director, I can't help but feel underwhelmed by the film as a whole.
    Essentially it is a story about how the sins of the fathers are visited upon their sons told through three different perspectives. The first deals with a stunk biker who gets involved in a life of petty crimes that leads to his undoing, the…

  • I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

    I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

    Largely forgotten, though he was in some of the most important films of all times, John Cazale never seemed to get his full due. Much of this is due to him playing sad sack, second bananas to much more powerful actors like Pacino and DeNiro, but also because his career was cut short due to his passing away from cancer at an early age.
    This short is loving look back at the man and the actor, but it is a…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    I love David Fincher's work. He has a distinct vision and style that is right up my alley. Some say it is pandering, playing up the obvious tropes; the dark, sickly lighting, the unpleasant look at the so-called normal life. But, man, I love it.
    I have noticed a trend in Fincher's work. A strong release followed by a lesser, but still solid, film. Seven>The Game, Fight Club>Panic Room, Zodiac>Benjamin Button, Social Network>Girl with Dragon Tattoo. Now we are up…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    I was really pleased to see all the great reviews coming in from everywhere about this film. A big Mad Max fan from way back, I was excited but a little nervous about how they would make this work. I have seen too many updates of my past go down in mediocrity. The previews were promising, but still carried the vibe that the movie was going to be amazing or an absolute failure.
    The movie is great! Miller has re-engineered…