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  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★★

    A colossal achievement of imaginative storytelling. One of the medium's finest efforts. This is the pure distillation of cinema magic from top to bottom. A perfect movie.

  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter

    ★★★★★

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

    The ending scene is not real.

  • The Frontier

    The Frontier

    ★★★½

    As thorough an emulation of the 70's crime flick as Donahue's The House of the Devil recreates 80's horror, The Frontier aims straight ahead at a specific target, neither low nor high, and scores well despite missing the bulls-eye. It's not a film meant to attract new viewers to the neo-noir genre, but there are worse ways to spend 88 minutes than watching Jocelin Donahue do her thing.


    Beer: Troegs Troegenator Dopplebock - 3.5/5 (I already logged this one)

  • Into the Abyss

    Into the Abyss

    Jesus fucking Christ, Texas.

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6

    ★★★

    A big step down from Fast Five. They went too big - an ailment that plagues the series from this point forward, only exponentially more severe with each outing.

    I won't be funding the next entry.


    Beer: Troegs Scratch #262 Chocolate Stout - 4/5 (smooth with just enough flavor)

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five

    ★★★★

    Better than it has any right to be.

  • 13th

    13th

    This country sucks.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★

    No need to write a review - this one already did a better job of articulating my thoughts than I could have.

    But I will add that in spite of being a lesser effort from Nichols, I still greatly enjoyed the movie, especially the beginning. I appreciated not knowing what was happening, learning only as the movie went on. Mainstream filmmakers could learn volumes from this approach to information distribution in storytelling.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★

    A great script moderately sullied by Hollywood. This is a movie that puts on kid gloves and holds the viewer by the hand, never failing to include a "dramatic" jolt of sound effects when things are supposed to be scary, "dramatic" strings to the score when things are more somber, and "dramatic" everything when a far less excessive approach would not only suffice, but work better. Simply put, this movie was made by people who think you and I are…

  • ARQ

    ARQ

    ★★★½

    Impressive in its time-looping structure and world-building that we don't get to see. It's not a great movie outside of that, however, but it's an entertaining one for sure. I might watch it again if I get the urge.

  • Where to Invade Next

    Where to Invade Next

    My ancestors left Europe to come to America in search of a better life. I think I'm going to leave America for the same reason.

  • The Culture High

    The Culture High

    50 years from now, we will look back in utter and complete shame for terrorizing peaceful citizens and ruining their lives over the use of a safe and effective medicine.