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Since 03/04/2013

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Favorite films

  • Seven Samurai
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Coraline
  • Alien

Recent activity

  • Frankenhooker


  • Barbie


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem


  • The Invisible Man


Pinned reviews

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still


    "Life just won't get better. It's all about agony,"

    AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL is a breathtaking piece of work, not only exploring the themes and ideas of living with abuse and trauma, but Hu Bo channels a certain kind of realism to this epic drama that can only be described as "Oof... That's a big mood."
    Yes, Hu Bo. It certainly is a mood.

    Just a few cents shy of a 4-hour runtime, AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL is a slow-moving…

  • Ikiru



    This is the THIRD Akira Kurosawa film to break into my top films of all time, IKIRU is a very meaningful story about a man dying of stomach cancer who, in his final moments, searching for purpose and meaning.

    I may not have stomach cancer, but I do feel very connected to the story and protagonist and his situation through my own battles with depression. I often feel like my life is on autopilot and I am just coasting along…

Recent reviews

  • Frankenhooker



    October 1 of my month long horror binge.

    FRANKENHOOKER is yet another example of some fantastic special effects. This movie is goofy as hell, and the acting is mediocre at best, but it's a ride.
    And to think I found it to be a bit dumb in the first half, but that last 30 minutes really made up for it, and the last TEN minutes elevated it to a other level of horror comedy entertainment.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem



    Not exactly what I expected out of this non-traditional origin story, but an interesting and welcome one.
    I will say though, the standout character here is actually Splinter: the paranoid, single dad just trying to do his best. I see you, Master.

    Another stand out, of course, is the original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, because of course it is. And whoever's idea it was to use the He-Man remix (you know the one) of "What's Up?" By 4 Non Blondes, you are also the MVP.


Popular reviews

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


    Shame! they said. Non-Canon, they said! Rian Johnson ruined Star Wars, they said.

    Guys, did you even watch The Last Jedi? Because what I just witnessed was the best Star Wars experience since Empire Strikes Back.
    Rian Johnson directs the shit out of the movie. He puts all the pieces into place. Rian said it himself. As the middle chapter in the Trilogy, he wanted to focus on the characters and story. And he does it all with ease. Every…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice


    "You're going to want to get good and fucked up before this meal."

    In this psycho-noir epic tale, Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a thick cloud of deep dialogue and intense performances than entrances it's viewers.
    The narrative by Joanna Newsom is wonderful and a welcome addition to the style.
    As usual, Jonny Greenwood's score is spot on with the overall tone.

    Paul Thomas Anderson proves again that he is one of the best working today, and Inherent Vice is a unique addition to his arsenal.