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18 Aug 14 at 11 pm

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho aka The Way He LooksDaniel Ribeiro (2014)

If you haven’t seen the short film this is based on, you should do that now. The feature film allows for more depth in the characters and more insight into the difficulties of coming-of-age when you not only have to deal with being a teenager but also with having a disability. Some of the subtlety that the short had is lost in the length of the film but it’s still a heartwarming and well delivered story.

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho aka The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro (2014)
If you haven’t seen the short film this is based on, you should do that now. The feature film allows for more depth in the characters and more insight into the difficulties of coming-of-age when you not only have to deal with being a teenager but also with having a disability. Some of the subtlety that the short had is lost in the length of the film but it’s still a heartwarming and well delivered story.

18 Aug 14 at 11 pm

Girl Most Likely, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (2013)

First of all: I know no one cares about New Jersey (you’re wrong), so why fact check anything just show obnoxious beach cities, but fun fact, you can’t pump your own gas there.
In unrelated news, I actually enjoyed this more than I expected. I think that is mostly due to the fact that the movie made the decision to really follow Imogene’s personal story rather than make it all about her love-life. I can accept mediocre comedy for that, especially if it includes Kristen Wiis and Annette Bening.

Girl Most Likely, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (2013)
First of all: I know no one cares about New Jersey (you’re wrong), so why fact check anything just show obnoxious beach cities, but fun fact, you can’t pump your own gas there.In unrelated news, I actually enjoyed this more than I expected. I think that is mostly due to the fact that the movie made the decision to really follow Imogene’s personal story rather than make it all about her love-life. I can accept mediocre comedy for that, especially if it includes Kristen Wiis and Annette Bening.
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14 Aug 14 at 7 pm

Safety Not Guaranteed, Colin Trevorrow (2012)

I love Aubray Plaza in everything. I think her delivery makes everything funnier and she somehow manages emotion as well without ever really diversifying her facial expressions. I think that she’s most of the reason I likes this film. I wasn’t thrilled by anything else: no matter how “quirky” indie rom-coms present themselves as, they tend to all follow the same patterns and very little stays unexpected. 

Safety Not Guaranteed, Colin Trevorrow (2012)
I love Aubray Plaza in everything. I think her delivery makes everything funnier and she somehow manages emotion as well without ever really diversifying her facial expressions. I think that she’s most of the reason I likes this film. I wasn’t thrilled by anything else: no matter how “quirky” indie rom-coms present themselves as, they tend to all follow the same patterns and very little stays unexpected. 

08 Aug 14 at 10 pm

Boyhood, Richard Linklater (2014)

I knew I would love Boyhood even before I saw it, which actually put me in a situation where I could have easily been disappointed. Boyhood lived up to my expectations though. It was truly a beautiful film about life and managed to capture those moments that you will always remember no matter how inconsequential some of them may seem to others. Boyhood is so much more than a revolutionary coming-of-age story because it’s more about living those moments than succeeding at passing landmarks. I am just overcome with emotion.

Boyhood, Richard Linklater (2014)
I knew I would love Boyhood even before I saw it, which actually put me in a situation where I could have easily been disappointed. Boyhood lived up to my expectations though. It was truly a beautiful film about life and managed to capture those moments that you will always remember no matter how inconsequential some of them may seem to others. Boyhood is so much more than a revolutionary coming-of-age story because it’s more about living those moments than succeeding at passing landmarks. I am just overcome with emotion.
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04 Aug 14 at 5 am

XeniaPanos H. Koutras (2014)

There was too much overlapping drama in Xenia, and it’s a real shame because the constantly thickening plot sometimes overshadowed how wonderfully the themes presented in the film were dealt with. Xenia while staying a good coming-to-age film also manages to explore racism and xenophobia in Greece in a convincing matter.

Xenia, Panos H. Koutras (2014)
There was too much overlapping drama in Xenia, and it’s a real shame because the constantly thickening plot sometimes overshadowed how wonderfully the themes presented in the film were dealt with. Xenia while staying a good coming-to-age film also manages to explore racism and xenophobia in Greece in a convincing matter.

04 Aug 14 at 4 am

Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese (1973)

The narrative wasn’t as solid as in Scorcese’s later films and I sometimes felt like I was watching a collection of scenes rather than a continuous story. But the film was much more entertaining than I thought it would be, mainly because of the characters who were especially captivating. De Niro’s Johnny Boy marks the start of an incredible collaboration and you can already feel just how great it is here.

Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese (1973)
The narrative wasn’t as solid as in Scorcese’s later films and I sometimes felt like I was watching a collection of scenes rather than a continuous story. But the film was much more entertaining than I thought it would be, mainly because of the characters who were especially captivating. De Niro’s Johnny Boy marks the start of an incredible collaboration and you can already feel just how great it is here.
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04 Aug 14 at 4 am

The End of Love, Mark Webber (2012)

This film is an endearing as it is unnerving. It hits every possible indie-film cliché while still managing to portray something genuine from time to time. I’m guessing this comes from the fact that Isaac is actually Mark Webber’s son. I feel like this film was much more cathartic for Webber than it would be for any viewer.

The End of Love, Mark Webber (2012)
This film is an endearing as it is unnerving. It hits every possible indie-film cliché while still managing to portray something genuine from time to time. I’m guessing this comes from the fact that Isaac is actually Mark Webber’s son. I feel like this film was much more cathartic for Webber than it would be for any viewer.
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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.