Tyler has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★½

    Courageous and wholehearted acting; brilliant cinematography and editing (SNUBBED FROM OSCARS?); symbolic, purposeful, almost autobiographical writing; a provocative structure and style -- Birman is one of the best crafted pieces of metafiction since Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation, and has set the standard for cinematic style in 2014.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    I find it overwhelmingly disheartening that Interstellar, with it's self-perpetuating canvas, ambitious narrative, and truly awe-inspiring technical production, is reduced by skeptics/critics to be "over-long", "over-expository", or "overly ridden by plot holes". VULTURE.COM, who released a review that contained numerous indicative spoilers (one huge spoiler came in the form of quotation marks!), also released an article that pointed out 21 of the films supposed "plot holes" the day after it was released. Those pretentious assholes were more focused on how…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    It's been a couple of days since I screened Whiplash at Edmonton Film Festival, and for the life of me I can't find anything wrong with it. It is as gripping, raw, unique, and emotional as anything I've seen in recent past. The film is as exhilarating as it relentless; and it refuses to withdraw itself for a moment. The plot itself is fairly straightforward: a young man has an unparalleled desire to become a world class drummer, and is…

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    Drill Instructor: "Do any of you people know who Charles Whitman was?"

    *Crickets*

    "Drill Instructor: "Charles Whitman shot and killed 12 people from a 28-story observation tower at the University of Texas. Anybody know who Lee Harvey Oswald was?

    *All hands shoot into the air*

    Through 27 years, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket has thoroughly proven itself--not only to be one of the most iconic war films of all time, but perhaps the greatest satire of american "patriotism". It's incredible…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★½

    I think it's safe to say, Guardians of the Galaxy has astronomically exceeded any expectations we had for it when Marvel first revealed their plans to adapt it. Everything about this universe is strangely familiar, yet interestingly enough, organic; the alien species', the space age technology and the varied planetary settings are all great examples of creative reinvention. Guardians feels like The Avengers meets Star Wars, while the relationship dynamic between the characters screams Star Trek. Even so, Guardians is…

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    her is not only one of the best films of 2013, but something film fanatics will appreciate for decades to come. Spike Jonze has created a beautifully organic masterpiece that will slide perfectly into his ensemble of 'for-all-time' films (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich). As her takes a post-postmodernism approach on relationships, Jonze emphasizes themes of human interaction, love, and most of all, the ability to connect. It is a futuristic depiction/prediction of things to come, but in many ways it…

  • 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…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is certainly one of 2013's best pictures thus far. It is the most visceral and involving film in recent years, with the ability to have the audience clenching, squirming, cringing and gasping for breath. First and foremost, anyone and everyone involved in the films visual production deserves a firm handshake. Gravity is pure spectacle: jaw dropping and awe-inspiring. The film's cinematography and special effects are sure Oscar frontrunners in their respective categories; but more importantly, it is…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★½

    This film may prove to be Charlie Kaufman's masterpiece. Only Kaufman himself would have been able to direct such a complex idea, which he, himself, hath wrote. Writing such a wonderful, utterly baffling script is one thing; but, rendering it into film-form is quite another. Synecdoche, New York REQUIRES multiple viewings. Not because you have to, but because you NEED to. I don't feel I'm alone in saying that one viewing of this film is not nearly enough to fully…

  • 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…

  • 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.