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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★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…

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  • 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…