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  • 5 to 7

    5 to 7

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes I really hate reading other people's reviews of movies, because the internet is full of heartless trolls.

    As the credits rolled, I was touched. I feel I had just experienced something special. Something warm and human. Something, albeit fantastical in some ways, honest.

    I really enjoyed the performances in the film. Olivia Thirlby is one of my favorites. There were some wonderful long takes in this film, which makes me appreciate the performances even more.

    I just really liked it.

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    ★★★

    It had some moments. The cinematography was nice, at least most of the time.

    Not to be picky, but there was a scene in a car that looked really nice, but they kept rack focusing back and forth in the conversation. It was really, well, there's a word for it.

    The poster is cool. I also like the title of the film.

    The performances are pretty good.

    Other people seem to like it.

    It wasn't bad.

    I don't know.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★½

    Technical. Beautiful. So well done. The acting was great at times. The times it wasn't, I believe it wasn't supposed to be, so that's interesting. I really want to love this film. But I don't. But I really, really appreciate it. In my heart it's a solid 3 stars, but I want to give it 5 stars, because BRAVO.

    This is the same way I felt after I watched The Master, Gravity, and to a lesser extent, Tinker Tailor Soldier…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    First of all, I saw this on a plane on a tiny screen. I didn't want to watch it for the first time on a plane flying over an ocean, but I did. Even on a tiny screen with the sounds of jet engines blasting beside me, it was pretty spectacular.

    A couple of the scenes made the lead character, Andrew, less likable, and if those scenes were different, I think this movie could have been even better for me. A well crafted film with an incredible performance by JK Simmons.