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  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    This is it. Ladies and gentleman; this film, above ALL others, means the most to me. I remember seeing it for the first time, on a VHS copy of all places, and having my inner being physically and emotionally shaken. It changed my life, and that isn't a hyperbolic statement; I wouldn't be the same if there was no Jurassic Park. I was already HUGE into dinosaurs at that age, so when I saw the film, all I cared about…

  • Miami Connection

    Miami Connection

    ★★★★

    Yes! Yes! Yes! As a HUGE fan of cult films, unusual pieces of cinema, and lost movies found and revitalized; I had to see this one. I proceeded to press play on Netflix Instant, and have my jaw agape for the next 90 minutes. Miami Connection is an absolute miracle. It really is. It brings cheesy 1980s goodness, over the top blood and gore, ninjas on motorcycles, terrible synth pop, and above all; friendship.

    The Awesome: Every single thing. Everything.…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

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

    The Master is incredible. When I first saw it, the ending brought be to tears; yet, I didn't even know what the film was about. The Master could be a stream of images and sounds, designed to evoke reactions from the viewer. The Master could be about how a wounded animal learns to accept who he is. The Master could be a love story of two individuals that are drawn to one another. The master could be about a stray…

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★

    This is the start. The start of one of the greatest track-records of any filmmaker. The absolute visionary and master who is Paul Thomas Anderson. Many cite Hard Eight (Sydney) as PTA's weakest film, and I have to disagree. Hard Eight may be more low key, less flashy and solemn in tone; but the layers of dread, mystery and danger make this one of Paul Thomas Anderson's finest achievements.

    The Awesome: Phillip Baker Hall. This is his movie. Sure, he…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★

    Wow. This is the definitive mind-blowing masterpiece. My mind is still reeling, going in so many different directions. Even if I don't understand it quite yet, there is no doubt that Donnie Darko is not just a great cult film, but an incredible film in general.

    The Awesome: Jake Gyllenhaal can act. Plain and simple, this guy knows what he's doing. On top of his acting, the script is outstanding. Luring the audience into a state of dread and mystery,…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There Will Be Blood is marvelous, simply marvelous. It's awe-inspiring, blood-chilling, scary, beautiful, tense and alive. Hyperbole will be used excessively in this review, but for good reason. There is simply nothing like There Will Be Blood.

    The Awesome: Everything. Every frame. Every scene and sequence. If There Will Be Blood was a meal; it would be a scrumptious steak, just waiting to be savored. Daniel Day Lewis is the master, bringing one of the top five greatest performances ever…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★½

    Ah Magnolia, never has a film given me so many conflicted feelings. First viewing, hated it. Second viewing, thought it was average. Third viewing, still thought it was average. Fourth viewing, ok this is going somewhere.

    And this fifth viewing? Lets see....

    Now, you are probably wondering why I keep coming back to this film. It has a hypnotic quality, whether you love it or hate it; that brings you into the film. Yet, this viewing was different. Everything clicked…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★

    Short Term 12 is a powerful little film; one so moving and tender that when it ended, I had the urge to start it again.

    The Awesome: The natural and wonderful acting from both the children and the workers, each bringing their own take to their character. The story was lively, funny and sad; the director really understood how to tell this story.

    The Terrible: The cinematography is bland and the film is mainly composed of shaky-cam, intruding on some of the more emotional scenes.

    Overall, Short Term 12 is a great little film that I hope will never be forgotten. It deserves an audience.

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★

    The Cabin In The Woods is an absolute joy for horror fanatics like myself. All of the hints, homages and winks to the films that I grew up with are here is glorious fashion. It's exciting, fast, fresh and downright bizarre. Yet, when it's all over; the first thing you want to do is watch it again.

    The Awesome: It's not what it seems. This film is probably up there with The Usual Suspects and Psycho in terms of surprises;…

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie

    ★★★★½

    The Lego Movie is one of the greatest animated films in years. It's funny, unique, heartwarming, emotional and satirical; this movie has everything. It's so much fun, and could you ask for much more?

    The Awesome: Everything Is Awesome! (pun intended) The voice acting by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and more all step up their game to deliver great performances. The animation is flawless, with a cute quality that screams Lego. The humor is spot on,…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    Zodiac is so disturbing and unsettling that the first time I watched it; I started shaking. It's that powerful.

    The Awesome: David Fincher at his peak, his direction here is flawless and mind-blowing. If you don't believe me, watch the opening sequence. All the acting; from Jake Gyllenhaal to Robert Downey Jr tell this fascinating piece of history with true authenticity. The killings are graphic and brutal, frightening and chill inducing. Yet, they aren't gratuitous; and they add a layer…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★½

    Punch-Drunk Love is an astonishing and wonderful piece of cinema. Or, in other words; a typical Paul Thomas Anderson film.

    The Awesome: The colors and cinematography is beautiful. Adam Sandler can't act? Punch-Drunk Love proves he CAN. Emily Watson is brilliant as well, and as they converse throughout the film; you sense genuine chemistry. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) is fantastic as well, bringing one of his funniest roles to life.

    The Terrible: Nothing. It's a 90 minute masterwork and a…