Matthew Rex Downham

Matthew Rex Downham

User Interface Designer for Zynga in San Francisco! I make games!

Extremely passionate about film.

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★½

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

    The digitally restored version of Jaws was in theatres one night only and it was great seeing it again. I'd never seen it in a theatre before!

    This is a classic in every sense. Great tension, great acting, plenty of laughs, really gory. This movie scared the shit out of me as a child. Robert Shaw's untimely end has haunted my mind since the first time I saw it. Great movie.

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    I was fortunate enough to see a preview screening of this in 70mm. I even got to talk to Paul Thomas Anderson! It was an amazing night.

    The film might be his most freeform story yet. It defies the three act paradigm and challenges digital filmmaking with its gorgeous 70mm print. One of the most gorgeous prints I've seen in ages.

    The film itself was fascinating. An intense character piece with incredible performances and a haunting story. Phoenix gives the performance of his career, he disappears in this role. Hoffman and Adams were great too. Heavy flick. Recommended.

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  • The Bourne Legacy

    The Bourne Legacy

    ★★★½

    I'm a big fan of the Bourne series, and was excited to hear of another entry into the franchise. Despite not having Damon or Bourne in it, I felt it was an enjoyable action movie with some great tense moments.

    I felt the very beginning and very end both lacked punch, but everything in between was enjoyable and supsenseful. I thought Renner did a good job with the character so did Weisz (who somehow looks younger in this movie than…

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    "TOTAL REGRET". Easily one of the most boring movies I've seen in a long time. Despite the action, it lacks any of the fun that made the original a classic. No humor, nothing that made any of the characters likable. Terrible plot decisions, laughable "dramatic" scenes. Just a disaster all around.

    The worst thing about it wasn't even that it was an awful film, it was just so borderline mediocre that I couldn't wait for it to be over. It gets 2.5 stars because the visual effects and art direction were great.