Furious 7 (2015) – James Wan

I remember how stunned I was when I first heard of Paul Walker’s passing. Later that night, I remember walking into a store and seeing ads for Furious 6’s Blu-ray release and just freezing and staring at Walker’s face. I’m somewhat surprised by how much his death affected me. He’d never been a particularly gifted […]

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Insurgent (2015) – Robert Schwentke

I went into Insurgent not having found Divergent (its predecessor) particularly interesting or good. But bearing in mind how pleasantly surprised I was with Catching Fire after being similarly unimpressed by Hunger Games, I decided to give Insurgent a fair shake (the basis for that comparison being that they’re both adaptations of young adult novels […]

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Mr. Turner (2014) – Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s latest film Mr. Turner is not only one of his strongest films to date, but it is also one of the greatest biographical films. In a typical biopic, there is always an attempt to pinpoint the defining elements that reveal the central figure’s troubled brilliance and how they differ with their peers. These […]

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Chappie (2015) – Neill Blomkamp

I didn’t haven’t any expectations going in to see Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut District 9 (although my hopes were up [I chose to make it my 900th viewed movie]) and I was blown away. I went into Elysium, his sophomore outing, with higher expectations and came away underwhelmed (Blomkamp has said he’d like a shot […]

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Life Itself (2014) – Steve James

WARNING: The following pseudo-review consists of a largely rambling mess of possibly incoherent reflections. It has been divided into two parts. Read beyond the score for more. ACKNOWLEDGMENT: I’m aware that the preceding warning is hardly enticing… but I’d rather you not read this post than read it and be annoyed that you spent your […]

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