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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook


    Man. Man! What a great film.

    I originally learned of The Babadook when researching horror films that weren't too scary that we could watch on Halloween. Dan and Lindsey (and to a lesser extent, Mal) aren't the biggest horror fans, so I wanted something that'd be spooky but not haunt them forever. In my opinion, this film met that criteria*. As a bonus, it's also an incredible movie.

    The film opens inside a car—Amelia is going into labor and is…

  • Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

    Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa


    Honestly, I have no idea how I could properly review this movie without spoiling huge elements of the series. With that in mind, I'll say "wait for the video review coming to YouTube" and give it a 3 1/2 stars.

    Overall I really enjoyed it, I loved the direction they went with it and thought it was really creative, but the climax of the film is waaaay too short and the ending was definitely not expected. That's sort of good,…

  • Date Night

    Date Night


    Not my first choice for a movie to watch, but legitimately entertaining and funny. I've always been a fan of Steve Carell's comedy, and Tina Fey is hilarious as well. It's about what you'd expect, I think.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina


    It's hard to talk about this film without spoiling things, so here's some more general thoughts:

    I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, always waiting on the next clue to figure things out. Just when you have things bolted down, the film throws you another surprise that makes you re-think where you stand.

    The film also manages to do so much with so little: there are very, very few locations in the movie, and only a…

  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

    Tucker and Dale vs. Evil


    I wasn't expecting to watch this film today—we were supposed to see Boyhood but ran out of time and needed a shorter film from Mal's list. RNG declared Tucker and Dale vs Evil to be the victor. (We'll watch Boyhood soon, though.)

    I hadn't even heard of this film, but the premise quickly presents itself as something unique and very, very funny: what if the cliché "college kids vacation in the woods" horror plot was flipped upside-down?

    Honestly, if you…

  • The Shining

    The Shining


    First off: I don't label this movie a horror film. Everyone else in our group was convinced, prior to viewing, that they'd be watching a horror movie. The Shining is more thriller, more drama, more suspense. It's also one of the best movies I've ever seen.

    Stephen King's writing is brought to life by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who (along with Diane Johnson) adapted it for the screen. I haven't read the original novel so I can't make any comparisons,…

  • 300



    For its time, 300 was an incredible technological feat, being filmed mostly (or entirely?) on a soundstage. It's still impressive today, as you watch a group of 300 spartan soldiers perform kill after kill, while they move in both slow and fast motion, to a heavy metal soundtrack.

    The film is ridiculous and over-the-top, and plays out like a comic book (which makes sense, since it's based on a comic book). It's pretty shallow on plot—"Persians are coming, let's kill…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood


    Man. I have such mixed feelings about this film. I really, really, really loved the premise—it's a (long) film about Daniel, an oilman who travels around with his crew, convincing towns to let him suck the land dry. With the help of his adopted son, he can sweet-talk his way into good deal after good deal, taking advantage of people in the process.

    The film takes place in the early 1900s, and the vistas evoke a Bonanza feel (I grew…

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life


    This is a wonderful animated flick that's just oozing character. The Book of Life is a child-friendly film that teaches Mexican culture and positive themes as well! I'll be the first to admit that animated films don't normally grab me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I'd recommend it, especially if you have children.

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation


    This is such a great example of a film with a skewed audience. We watched this for Movie Club after I added it to my list, simply because "it's supposed to be good". And it was very, very good—depending on who you ask.

    Lost in Translation is one of the most real films I've ever seen. That was something everyone watching experienced. But our interpretation and appreciation of that varied wildly: Mal was unsatisfied with the ending, Lindsey thought it was…

  • Victor/Victoria



    I had never even heard of this movie until a week ago, when we learned we'd be watching it for Movie Club.

    It's a 1982 film but feels older. The setting is Paris 1930s, and I think between that and the genre (musical—well, sort of), the filmmakers used the script/delivery and the cinematography to represent a much older film. It's a very funny movie, but it's an old style of humor that definitely won't click with everyone. The delivery of…

  • That Thing You Do!

    That Thing You Do!


    Written, directed, and co-starring Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! follows a teenage band's rise from small town beginnings to the Billboard top 10—all in 2 months. "The Oneders" are the very definition of one-hit wonders, and you take a journey with the four male bandmembers as they hit the big time quickly, dealing with the problems that can accompany fame.

    It's an incredibly fun watch and extremely well-written, even if some of the events are expected. Tom Hanks doesn't…