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SilentDawn has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2014.

  • Fred Claus

    Fred Claus

    ★★★

    Part Fourteen of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge

    A deranged and fascinating introspective on Santa Claus, Fred Claus is a Christmas film that brings both a sharp edge and a focused narrative. Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti kill it in their respective roles, and as a result, the energy throughout the film is so well timed. Personally, I've always been bored by the end of it, but the story that unfolds is both entertaining and sweet.

  • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

    Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

    ★★★

    Part Six of A Very Merry Christmas

    A Definite disappointment considering the jubilant joy of the first film, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas still has great moments that make it worth watching. However, some of the stories are just plain stupid, while others are just as wonderful as the segments in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas. Although, I love the animation style in this. While not as hand-crafted or lush as in the first film, the level of color is off the charts.

  • St. Vincent

    St. Vincent

    ★★★

    Sentimentalism, whether in large or small doses, isn't my type of thing. St. Vincent is definitely sentimental, and it's cliche, predictable, and corny at every possible beat, but the heart and the wisdom of this tale is earnest. Even with the sappiness, the film weaves a story that general audiences will eat up, and what can I say against that? There's much worse they could be viewing this weekend.

    Bill Murray steals the show, and he's the only reason why…

  • Fury

    Fury

    ★★★

    I really don't know what to think of this. The acting was excellent, the cinematography was gorgeous, the atmosphere was foreboding and impeccable, and a breakfast scene is one of the finest moments in 2014.

    Yet, the rest is typical WWII fodder, with an overbearing score, cliche elements, a preachy script, and a soft ending bringing down the film as a whole.

    Basically, when all is said and done, It's a solid war film, and while I was particularly impressed with the aura of disillusionment and foggy misery; the rest feels like leftovers from every "war is hell" film ever made.

  • The Sacrament

    The Sacrament

    ★★★

    Needless to say, I'm a fan of Ti West. The House of the Devil is a horror masterpiece that remains not just one of my all-time favorite horror films, but one of my favorite films in general. The Innkeepers is a solid and subtle chiller, built on the foundations of both comedy and quiet scares. And now, The Sacrament.

    Maybe its just that Ti's films work for me or that he just happens to make films that I find interesting,…

  • Side by Side

    Side by Side

    ★★★

    Side by Side is a wonderful and deeply informative documentary, one that brings an unbiased and entertaining approach to the never-ending debate of Film vs. Digital.

    Also, this has Keanu Reeves in all his Keanuish glory. Yes, that's a word.

  • Pootie Tang

    Pootie Tang

    ★★★

    "It was incredible. Only the third time a man had been mauled by a gorilla at that steel mill, that month!"

    "Dirty Dee, you're a baddy daddy lamatai tebby chai!"

    This is my type of movie.

  • Sightseers

    Sightseers

    ★★★

    Different, artistic, shocking, graphic, and quite funny; Sightseers is an odd little piece of work from director Ben Wheatley (A Field in England, Kill List). Basically, the film is about a relatively-new couple on a vacation, touring around England. I don't want to spoil much else, because Sightseers is heavily reliant on surprises and tonal shifts.

    My relatives picked this because they wanted to see a comedy about tourists. What they got was something much better, and definitely something different.…

  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket

    ★★★

    Bottle Rocket:

    Simplistic, joyous, zany, and loose.


    Ultimately, fun but empty, which is a common criticism with Anderson's filmography.

  • Destroy All Monsters

    Destroy All Monsters

    ★★★

    Another Godzilla film in preparation for Gareth Edward's new reboot.

    Destroy All Monsters is a crazy film that can easily be described as completely bonkers. Yet, having a whole bunch of monsters in one movie is awesome, and the destruction is simply beautiful.

    Also, when Godzilla breaks the dome, It's a moment that makes me pump my fist in the air every time.

    Every single time.

    PS: Watch with english dubbing for extra entertainment.

    "Go that way."
    "Right."

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★

    Danny Boyle is a hit or miss director for me. Sunshine is an absolute masterpiece that I adore, The Beach is a silly mess, 127 Hours is a beautiful and powerful work of art, Slumdog Millionaire didn't deserve the Best Picture Oscar; you get the idea. Yet, I still haven't seen the film that gave Danny Boyle the attention that he (usually) deserves. So, I watched Trainspotting. And I found it good, but not great. Still, It's a decent film…

  • Oculus

    Oculus

    ★★★

    Horror is a genre that misses its mark frequently, but when it hits the mark, It's the greatest genre in terms of providing a true experience. While Oculus isn't the second coming of horror, It was a decent time waster, with excellent editing and some good performances.

    The Awesome: The mirror in this movie is so mean. Man, I couldn't believe some of the stuff it pulled off. The slowly increasing bending of reality and fantasy makes way for a…