Tyler has written 80 reviews for films during 2013.

  • Detachment

    Detachment

    ★★★½

    A brutally honest depiction of inner-city high-school teachers looking for answers more desperately than their students.. Where most films of this nature serve to analyze the challenges, hardships and adversity that students face, Detachment examines the difficulties teachers face in their everyday profession. Although the film does look at the problems students encounter, it's main focus is deconstruct the psychological effects/damages that teachers put themselves through. Getting no thank-you's, no appreciation, and no respect: the life of an inner-city high…

  • Runner Runner

    Runner Runner

    ★½

    An instantly forgettable thriller(?) that fails to resinate whatsoever. Thankfully it was rather short.

  • Everything Must Go

    Everything Must Go

    ★★★

    A very refreshing role for Ferrell, who attempts to display a more serious side of himself. Not a home run hit, but a fairly enjoyable film.

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    1) Charlie Kaufman is the king of metafiction.
    2) Synecdoche, New York could not have been made by anyone else.
    3) It is one of the boldest, most ambitious films ever made.
    4) It is the definition of sublime.
    5) No one will ever truly, or fully, comprehend it.

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    ★★★★

    "Who is the master? The Painter, or the forger?

    American Hustle is a 70's 'hunt-for-the-American-dream' dramedy that builds it's theme around an age-old Platonic concept: the truth is obscure, we only know what we think we perceive. Director David O. Russell plays with the idea that people believe what they want to believe; what they can see and what they can feel.

    Plato's (Socrates') 'Theory of the Forms' asserts that non-material abstract forms (ideas), not the material world known and…

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    ★★½

    Overacted, over-improvised and overrated, the much awaited comedic sequel leaves much to be desired. Not that I didn't get a few cheap laughs, but I couldn't help but feel like they were forced. However, despite my view of Anchorman 2, the audience around me responded quite well. Additionally, the film seems to have succeeded both critically and economically, so it appears as if a sequel was justified.

    Note: To be fair, I saw this film the night after I saw…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    I allowed myself plenty of time before I attempted to re-watch The Master, and I have to say, it was extremely rewarding. I feel like I'm not alone in saying that a first time viewing of this film is extremely difficult, but the second time helped me to deconstruct it's ambiguous plot, themes, and conceptualizations.

    Paul Thomas Anderson is a boss. His film is structured around Freudian psychology, and the humane attempt to repress one's natural urges, or one's 'id'.…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    "If anyone is going to fuck my cousin, it's going to be me." -- Donny

    The Wolf of Wall Street is the perfect definition of a 'comedy': good things happening to bad people. Martin Scorsese not only delivers the funniest film of 2013, but an instant cult classic for the ages.

    When we consider The Wolf of Wall Street amongst Scorsese's previous 3 Hollywood releases (The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo), one word comes to mind: diversity. He shifts from a…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★

    Spike Lee's Oldboy takes strides to separate itself from Park Chan-wook's original, but through his efforts to produce something fresh he fails to create a coherent film. Lee's choices are entertaining, but the result is a somewhat sloppy re-imagining that doesn't feel plausible. Park Chan-wook's version took proper time and steps to unravel itself, where Lee's film feels rushed and rather un-compelling. I was excited about the cast in place here but, with the exception of Brolin, none are overly…

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    ★★★★

    Vastly exceeding it's predecessor in every aspect, Catching Fire gives weight to a series of which I had no intentions to care for. I felt the first installment of The Hunger Games to be painfully naive and rather underwhelming. The screenplay failed to develop characters I could identify with or at least care for. Katniss was frustratingly stubborn and Peeta may have been the biggest pussy ever to be displayed on film. How could anyone possibly cheer for a tribute…

  • 2 Guns

    2 Guns

    ★★★

    The charismatic performances of Washington and Wahlberg help to carry this film, but non-compelling antagonists, predictable plot twists and obnoxiously long, insignificant action sequences almost bog it down. A mildly enjoyable film though I'm glad I waited until it's DVD release.

  • Grown Ups 2

    Grown Ups 2

    I take pity on simpletons who are amused by reality television, but this is a whole new level of sympathy. Anyone who even remotely enjoys this movie needs to seek psychiatric care. Grown Ups 2 is an abomination: somehow worse than my unrealistically low expectations. How the producers of this piece of shit sleep at night is beyond me. And to those who encouraged another sequel by seeing it in theatres: give your fucking head a shake.