Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dead Within

So the zombie apocalypse happens, and it's just you and your spouse, locked in a cabin, away from the world. Your spouse ventures out for food and supplies, but they insist you don't go, because it's safer inside. So they go out for long stretches of time and you wait, inside, listening to the noises of the end of the world. Days turn to weeks turn to months, and, most of the time, it's just you. You and the starvation and the lack of sleep and light and the nothing. How long until you begin to lose your mind, just a little? How long until you aren't quite sure what's real and what's not? How long until it's worse being inside than it would being out? How much can a mind take before it snaps? How long do you trust yourself, or your spouse, or anything you see or hear? Think about it for a while. You think you know what you'd do, we all would. We think, I would always know what was real. I would always know what to do. But how do you know that? And does being that sure of your own sanity leave that much more room for insanity to creep in? Think about all this, and then watch this film. You won't be disappointed. 4/5

Dead Within on Netflix

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Champ

Dear god, all the feels. I'm still weepy. The acting in this is excellent, especially Schroder, who was phenomenal. 4/5

The Champ on Netflix

Friday, October 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

12 Rounds 2: Reloaded

I'm shocked at what a poor actor Randy Orton was in this, and the plot was just as bad. Not good sir. 2/5

12 Rounds 2: Reloaded on Netflix

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

All About My Mother

This might be my favorite Almodovar yet - tragically dramatic yet still campy & funny. Very touching. 4/5

All About My Mother on Netflix

Monday, September 28, 2015


This post-apocalyptic thriller centers on AIs & the definition of life quite well, although the acting is rough. 3.5/5

Automata on Netflix

Sunday, September 27, 2015

12 Rounds

John Cena hadn't found his acting chops quite yet in this bumpy thriller throwback to Die Hard. Good, not great. 3/5

12 Rounds on Netflix

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Deer Hunter

I first saw this film when I was about ten, maybe younger. I remember having nightmares for days afterwards, but, after a few years, I forgot this film almost completely. I remembered only the Russian Roulette, but that was all. The topic of this film has been coming up in reference to modern day PTSD, and I felt it was time I saw it again. I was not disappointed, and I can't understand how I ever could have forgotten the feeling of this film. I saw it last night and was so moved I couldn't write about it then. Still, today, it is haunting me. Yes, I think it needs editing. Yes, It could have been a half hour shorter, maybe more. Yes, the opening act is too long and the second act is too short. But it doesn't matter, because every note that needed to be hit was, and every feeling the filmmakers wanted to convey came through. I will not forgot "The Deer Hunter". Truly one of the finest films about combat PTSD ever made. 4.5/5

The Deer Hunter on Netflix

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman was amazing, but the script was hard to follow & full of holes, I wanted more information. 3/5

Get On Up on Netflix

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Age of Adaline

This is a beautifully sweet & moving romantic drama in the vein of "Benjamin Button", lovely direction. 4/5

The Age of Adaline on Netflix

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Maze Runner

Of all the teen-centered dystopian thrillers in the past few years this is one of my favorites - riveting & unique. 4/5

The Maze Runner on Netflix

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Heaven Knows What

This tense drama attempts to recapture the feel of "Requiem for a Dream" but misses the mark. Good not great. However, everyone remember the name Caleb Landry Jones. He's going to be the next Phillip Seymour Hoffman - he's amazing. I'm on record now. 3/5

Heaven Knows What on Netflix

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Love & Mercy

Dano & Cusack are both Oscar-worthy in this powerhouse of a drama told in non-linear fashion. Just amazing. 4.5/5

Love & Mercy on Netflix

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

North Face

I don't think I've ever seen a mountain drama quite this intense & well directed before - brutally tense. 4/5

North Face on Netflix