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  • Tape

    Tape

    ★★★½

    Oddly intense and suspenseful in a way. Ethan Hawke's Vincent is conniving and unhinged with what he believes is a righteous cause. His behavior as he lures Sean Patrick Leonard into the conversational trap he has set reminds me of the Joker, to an extent. He's erratic but with a singular purpose until the final act when he's witnessing the chaos (righteous or not) he's orchestrated unfold before him.

    Sean Patrick Leonard's performance as John is remarkably consistent through most…

  • Duck Butter

    Duck Butter

    ★★½

    I appreciate the way Duck Butter explored intimacy and what it takes to truly let yourself (and your hang-ups) go in order to open yourself up to another person. In doing that, Duck Butter paints a pretty complete picture of Alia Shawkat's character as someone who struggles with intimacy.

    But as interested as I was in Naima's journey thoroughout the movie and (to an extent) her chemistry with Laia Costa's Sergio, I really couldn't latch onto their relationship or Sergio's…

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  • Who Gets the Dog?

    Who Gets the Dog?

    ★½

    I'm surprised I ended up finishing this movie. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. Ryan Kwanten and Alicia Silverstone play a couple who break up and then have to decide who gets to keep the dog.

    It's got an ABC Family cheesy feel to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. As such, however, the plot is formulaic and predictable. It juggles some subplots that aren't very engaging (Kwanten's hockey aspirations, the courtroom custody battle for the dog).

    For…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★½

    I really don't think it can be overstated just how mesmerizing and perfect Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as Daniel Plainview is in this movie. He's terrifying, despicable, and full of complexity. Day-Lewis is a master of his craft performing in a film with a brilliant auteur at the helm in Paul Thomas Anderson.

    PT Anderson, with cinematographer Robert Elswit, does not waste a single shot in creating one of the most visually striking movies I've seen. The wide shots, along with…

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  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    ★★★★½

    Shaun of the Dead is such a near perfect comedy and brilliant parody of a genre Edgar Wright and company clearly revere.

    It's astonishing to me just how tight the script is. The dialogue is absolutely packed with turns of phrases and lines that take on an entirely different meaning when repeated later in the movie. It's truly a remarkable work of screenwriting and direction.

    The way the movie handles their comedic take on the zombie genre is both respectful…

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    Richard Linklater's slice of 70's teen life movie holds a special place in my heart. I watched it when I was around the same age as the freshmen characters and identified with a lot of their mentality. Especially the character of Mitch. Though I was a lot more nervous and socially awkward than Mitch turned out to be in the movie, I saw myself in him as I had an older brother who was a senior when I was a…