• 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    Firstly, let me state how badly I wish I could have viewed 2001 on its original release date. It's a shame it was more than 20 years before I was born. As Kubrick's intentions were almost purely thematic, the time barrier was quite small and easy to overcome; nonetheless, time (45 years of it) was an initial factor that I had to conquer in order to appreciate the beauty that is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    I am amazed by Kubrick's…

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★

    Charlie Kaufman is a creative genius, one of the best screenwriters of his time. His screenplays are so original that they create their own genre. His scripts are always torn between romances, dramas, science fiction and strangely comedies. I decided to watch Being John Malkovich immediately after completing another collaboration between Kaufman and Jonze, Adaptation.

    Being John Malkovich follows the life of the depressive, incredibly pathetic Craig Schwartz (Cusack) and his struggles through middle age life. Initially, the audience is…

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    ★★★

    I deem Oz: The Great and Powerful a success, simply because it encouraged me to re-watch it's much more successful predecessor. I am still not fond of Raimi's style of direction, not to mention the score was miserable.However, I really enjoyed the development of Oz himself (Franco). Although incredibly cliche, the story follows the protagonist on a journey to become a better human being. But Franco accepts the role and devotes himself to his character's arc. The women of the…

  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation.

    ★★★★½

    This film went above and beyond for me in terms of storytelling. The script (about how to write a script) was formulated around perhaps the most compelling Hollywood theme in contemporary society. The film explores the fine line between a screenplay of original, artistic value and one that follows Hollywood's guidelines and demands. Charlie Kaufman's journey begins with intentions to avoid Hollywood cliches, and to focus his energies towards writing an organic, puristic story to emulate real life. He battles…

  • LOL

    LOL

    I'm not going to lie, I couldn't muster up the strength to finish this film. Simply awful. Straight to Netflix release.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★½

    I definitely respect this film more than I particularly enjoyed it, simply by how ambitious it is. Zero Dark Thirty, formulated from a incredibly bold script, has some great scenes and a fairly decent pace for it's genre. However, I felt somewhat worn out from trying to keep track of all of the 'intel' and varying characters. Chastain is spectacular as always, but i particularly enjoyed the assortment of secondary characters. Gandolfini, Strong and Chandler made for an excellent supporting…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★½

    Horine somehow turned Girls Gone Wild into a film. A film that should have been captioned "Girls Gone FULL-FLEDGE-FUCKED. Spring Breakers is an extremely strange movie about four bored college students desperately trying to escape reality. The film's pace was shifty, making for a long hour and thirty-four minutes. Horine constantly repeated narrations and flashbacks--over and over and over, which grew increasingly annoying. There were, however, some good things about the film. These include a relatable theme, great acting from…

  • Mercy

    Mercy

    ★★★

    This film caught me by surprise. Non-linear romantic drama filled with B and C class actors that don't disappoint. An emotional story depicting the life of a sub-par writer struggling to gain life experience. I would recommend this film to people who enjoy this genre.

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★½

    The Master is an extremely strange and difficult film. Very ambiguous in it's theme(s) and characters. It will most definitely require at least another viewing to fully grasp the film's concepts and message(s); however, I'm not sure I want to watch it again (for a while at least). I can also say this: the cast was incredible, and if Lincoln was not released in the same calendar year I have very little doubt that Joaquin Phoenix would have taken home an oscar for his performance.

  • Argo

    Argo

    A great watch. It didn't win Best Picture for nothing. Affleck as a director is phenomenal; and, he was a pretty good actor in this film as well. I literally felt like I was having a panic attack the entire viewing. Rip-roaring pace and a great story.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A great twist on Oedipus Rex. The film moved at a fast pace, not allowing me (or anyone else for that matter) to see what was coming. Just might have evoked the greatest feeling of catharsis I have ever felt in film. Can't wait for the american version; however, I doubt it will be better.