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28 Jun 14 at 12 pm

The Rover, David Michôd (2014)

I had very high expectations after Animal Kingdom, which wasn’t perfect but impressed me nonetheless. The Rover did no such thing. It was two hours of manpain that leaded to nothing. I am a fan of dystopias and post-apocalyptic films that feed some kind of hope even if it is useless, and this was as far from that as possible. The performances were great, Robert Pattinson was especially impressive, but they fell flat in the nothingness of the plot.

The Rover, David Michôd (2014)
I had very high expectations after Animal Kingdom, which wasn’t perfect but impressed me nonetheless. The Rover did no such thing. It was two hours of manpain that leaded to nothing. I am a fan of dystopias and post-apocalyptic films that feed some kind of hope even if it is useless, and this was as far from that as possible. The performances were great, Robert Pattinson was especially impressive, but they fell flat in the nothingness of the plot.
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27 Jun 14 at 10 am

Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg (2014)

How un-surprising that Cronenberg made a film about incest and manages to make it even creepier than the concept already is. Not that being un-surprising is a bad thing. Maps to the Stars wasn’t quite as impressive or marking as the other Cronenbergs I’ve seen (bar A Dangerous Method which was the worst) but it still managed to make me uneasy yet intrigued for the entire running time so I got what I came for that. That and the cast was as great as I expected.

Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg (2014)
How un-surprising that Cronenberg made a film about incest and manages to make it even creepier than the concept already is. Not that being un-surprising is a bad thing. Maps to the Stars wasn’t quite as impressive or marking as the other Cronenbergs I’ve seen (bar A Dangerous Method which was the worst) but it still managed to make me uneasy yet intrigued for the entire running time so I got what I came for that. That and the cast was as great as I expected.
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23 Jun 14 at 12 am

That Awkward MomentTom Gormican (2014)

Oh Michael B. Jordan what did you make me watch. I guess it could be considered cute - in a have you not realized that the MPDG trop is sexist kind of way. But really I don’t care about Zac Efron’s character’s struggles. They’re not relevant to any of my interests or concerns.

That Awkward Moment, Tom Gormican (2014)
Oh Michael B. Jordan what did you make me watch. I guess it could be considered cute - in a have you not realized that the MPDG trop is sexist kind of way. But really I don’t care about Zac Efron’s character’s struggles. They’re not relevant to any of my interests or concerns.
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20 Jun 14 at 11 pm

The Hustler, Robert Rossen  (1961)

I have never been more interested in pool. I don’t think I was actually even interested in pool, that was just a pretext for Paul Newman to impress me once again. I felt like even where the story was lacking his acting filled the gaps and brought nuance and emotion to the first 30 minutes of pool that shouldn’t even possibly exist.

The Hustler, Robert Rossen  (1961)
I have never been more interested in pool. I don’t think I was actually even interested in pool, that was just a pretext for Paul Newman to impress me once again. I felt like even where the story was lacking his acting filled the gaps and brought nuance and emotion to the first 30 minutes of pool that shouldn’t even possibly exist.
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18 Jun 14 at 7 pm

CoralineHenry Selick (2009)

This was the creepiest children’s movie I have ever seen. I was genuinely frightened and it was awesome in a weird way. I love content that is explicitly made for children but also doesn’t undermine them. Though I don’t know how a child would actually act I’m guessing they be weirdly fascinated and relieved by the happy ending (though will they make it through the numerous endings that come before that one - so many endings it was like Return of the King). Also tremendous bonus points for the incredible animation.

Coraline, Henry Selick (2009)
This was the creepiest children’s movie I have ever seen. I was genuinely frightened and it was awesome in a weird way. I love content that is explicitly made for children but also doesn’t undermine them. Though I don’t know how a child would actually act I’m guessing they be weirdly fascinated and relieved by the happy ending (though will they make it through the numerous endings that come before that one - so many endings it was like Return of the King). Also tremendous bonus points for the incredible animation.
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15 Jun 14 at 12 pm

The Normal Heart, Ryan Murphy (2014)

I was not as emotionally compromised as I thought I would be. As angry as I wanted to be about the situation, because it was terrible, I couldn’t side with Mark Ruffalo’s character. For something about a community this his character felt very self centred and it wasn’t well dealt with.

The Normal Heart, Ryan Murphy (2014)
I was not as emotionally compromised as I thought I would be. As angry as I wanted to be about the situation, because it was terrible, I couldn’t side with Mark Ruffalo’s character. For something about a community this his character felt very self centred and it wasn’t well dealt with.
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14 Jun 14 at 1 pm

X-Men: Days of Future PastBryan Singer (2014)

I have no knowledge of the X-Men movie verse outside of First Class, which I saw because of Fassbender and McAvoy and enjoyed mainly because of their incredible dynamic. And I went into Days of Future Past wanting more of that, what I did get was great. I have become so invested in these characters that I really did enjoy the film and how their story lines were treated (and predictably i spent the film muttering “erik no.”). But I’m possibly the only person who walks into one of these films wishing there was less action and more heartfelt discussions.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer (2014)
I have no knowledge of the X-Men movie verse outside of First Class, which I saw because of Fassbender and McAvoy and enjoyed mainly because of their incredible dynamic. And I went into Days of Future Past wanting more of that, what I did get was great. I have become so invested in these characters that I really did enjoy the film and how their story lines were treated (and predictably i spent the film muttering “erik no.”). But I’m possibly the only person who walks into one of these films wishing there was less action and more heartfelt discussions.
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23 May 14 at 11 pm

Out in the DarkMichael Mayer (2012)

There is a lot happening in Out of the Dark, you could argue that there is way too much happening. But somehow the film manages to stay intimate and completely devoted to its leads. And that is what makes it work. The subtitles I had weren’t the best so I feel like I missed some of the nuance in the dialogue but the acting was enough for me to enjoy the main relationship. Just like in The Bubble the political mayhem starts off as a back drop that the characters try to ignore until it catches up with them. And it ends up just as heartbreaking.

Out in the Dark, Michael Mayer (2012)
There is a lot happening in Out of the Dark, you could argue that there is way too much happening. But somehow the film manages to stay intimate and completely devoted to its leads. And that is what makes it work. The subtitles I had weren’t the best so I feel like I missed some of the nuance in the dialogue but the acting was enough for me to enjoy the main relationship. Just like in The Bubble the political mayhem starts off as a back drop that the characters try to ignore until it catches up with them. And it ends up just as heartbreaking.
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23 May 14 at 11 pm

The Iceman, Ariel Vromen (2013)

I would have enjoyed this film more if I understood what was actually happening. There was such a rush to cram in the whole story that I just ended up feeling lost. That said, the performances were great - especially Michael Shannon who plays a horrible character who still believes he’s a “family man” and actually makes that contradiction work. And the ending was pretty great, even somewhat heartbreaking.

The Iceman, Ariel Vromen (2013)
I would have enjoyed this film more if I understood what was actually happening. There was such a rush to cram in the whole story that I just ended up feeling lost. That said, the performances were great - especially Michael Shannon who plays a horrible character who still believes he’s a “family man” and actually makes that contradiction work. And the ending was pretty great, even somewhat heartbreaking.
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21 May 14 at 11 pm

The Runaways, Floria Sigismondi (2010)

I was so excited about this movie. Michael Shannon showed up and I was even more excited. The design was great, Kristen Stewart was good. Basically everything was going pretty well and then the movie just kind of ended. And I was left with the sense that there wasn’t really any story to begin with, just a good idea.

The Runaways, Floria Sigismondi (2010)
I was so excited about this movie. Michael Shannon showed up and I was even more excited. The design was great, Kristen Stewart was good. Basically everything was going pretty well and then the movie just kind of ended. And I was left with the sense that there wasn’t really any story to begin with, just a good idea.