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  • Das Boot

    Das Boot

    ★★★★★

    "Das Boot" isn't your prototypical World War II film. It's an endurance test. The three and a half hour runtime is a purposefully gruelling experience. Every clang, every piston that churns, every bolt that springs free from the intense pressure of the cold depths of Davey Jones' locker eats away at your nerves. This isn't a film where valiant soldiers go about their merry way on some gallant quest to defeat their enemy. This is a film about survival. It's…

  • Miracle Mile

    Miracle Mile

    ★★★★★

    It’s the crack of dawn, 4 AM and you’re stuck in a neon-lit diner, it’s the twilight time where existential thought borders on nihilistic depression. You’ve missed a date with someone you believe to be the perfect soul mate. Much like an Edward Hopper painting, giant glass windows invite you into a world of loneliness and quiet contemplation. The patrons are comprised of the outcasts and misfits of society where coffee and breakfast are on tap to quench their desperation.…

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  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★

    I truly can't comprehend how this film has 5 stars? The only thing I took away from this film was a blistering headache.

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★

    "Jupiter Ascending" is a gigantic, ambitious mess of a film. It's essentially "Dune" without the brains or philosophical intrigue. From a visual perspective I loved every second of this film. The vibrancy, ship design, sets, costumes etc. The Wachowski Sisters create an incredibly rich and detailed world. It's insane that the Wachowski's were able to convince a studio to fund what is essentially their version of "The Chronicles of Riddick."

    However, with that said the story is lacking big time.…

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  • 1922

    1922

    ★★★★

    "1922" is a slow, methodical look at guilt and the consequences of moral compromise. Adapted from Stephen King’s novella "1922" is a film that will divide certain audiences. After a summer of successful, suspenseful King adaptations (IT, Gerald’s Game) this acts almost as an anti-king film. It’s a film that basks in its atmosphere, it's also a film that's solely focused on its characters rather than plot. Thomas Jane stars as Wilfred James a dedicated ranch owner who conspires with…

  • The Open House

    The Open House

    "The Open House" is a dull, lacklustre thriller from Netflix. I don't think Netflix understand yet that people wandering around enormous empty houses isn't very thrilling. The plot, essentially, is about a Mother (Piercey Dalton) and her son (Dylan Minnette) moving into her sisters house whilst it's up for sale in Canada (I think) after the accidental death of her husband.

    The film was competently directed and the cinematography, staging, framing were all fine. As was the acting which was…