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  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

    ★★★★

    For those who know the videogame, it's an amazing adaptation. Most of the changes did not detract, even the inclusion of the Pyramid Head monster who was supposed to be specific to the protagonist of the videogame Silent Hill 2, which had a separate story. Changing the protagonist to a mother instead of a father was just fine. Jodelle Ferland was great delivering otherwise fairly cheesy dialogue of Dark Alessa, and getting the insane genius of Akira Yamaoka to contribute to the movie's soundtrack and atmosphere was vital.

    I appreciate the movie, especially for being faithful to the spirit of the video games.

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★½

    Imaginative and fantastical. Paints a world where everything is alive, quite literally. Not overly predictable, as children's movies go.

    Climax of the movie is magical, colourful, and intense, as the true nature of their goal and their enemy is revealed.

    "How Far I'll Go" is a wonderful and touching song, beautifully performed and implemented in several ways throughout the movie. The rest of the songs are okay. Dwayne Johnson's singing is maybe not the best, but a surprising appearance by Jemaine Clement as a giant singing gold-encrusted crab made this Flight of the Conchords fan happy.

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  • Red State

    Red State

    ★★★½

    First of all, I would encourage people curious about the movie to watch it as it's very difficult to review without mildly spoiling some unexpected bits.

    Red State is extremely confrontational and somewhat disquieting. Some will say it changes focus and is unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, but I appreciated the unexpected turns and it kept me on my toes. Michael Parks delivered a minblowing performance, and I can't honestly say any other actors brought it…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Just finished watching it and the rhythm is still resonating through my body. I'm typing to that rhythm right now. The music in this movie blew my mind.

    This is the kind of movie that is going to be remembered.

    It starts off awkward, then it gets intense, then the intensity steps up. And then it steps up again. Then it goes so far you have no idea what's going to happen. By the end, I was prepared for it…