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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job.'”

    This is the only line of dialogue needed to understand where Fletcher (played by an astounding J.K. Simmons) is coming from. His background is deeply rooted in the philosophy of hardening someone to bring out their best. What he doesn't realize, is that not everyone works like that (which Neiman says next at the bar). Using his strong belief in hard work and being pushed to…

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★

    'The Hateful Eight' looked STUNNING and the opening really set up the film perfectly. The constant snow seeping through the rafters of the habidashery, whilst wafting over to the warm fireplace, created a soothing atmosphere, in contrast to that of the characters. 70mm and IMAX always look impressive but Tarantino really outdid himself here. Now onto the actual film...

    There's a great movie somewhere in this mess. How do I know this? Few and far between, there are some extremely…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★½

    Persona seems to be too heavy-handed with its themes to be as deep or as mysterious as people claim. Bergman literally has Alma say nearly every theme out loud to the audience, which loses a lot of its subtlety. Being a huge fan of "The Seventh Seal," I'm obviously okay with heavy-handed themes, but in that film, it seemed as if Bergman made Max Von Sydow's character real and gave you a lot to chew on.

    Alma and Elisabet didn't…

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  • Sherlock Gnomes

    Sherlock Gnomes

    Gnope

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ½

    If someone finds me dead on August 4th, look no further than this film's existence as the perpetrator.

    P.S. Still alive unfortunately :/