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Riddick (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster

Although never hitting the heights of the original this is a return to form for Diesel and Twohy's entertaining anti-hero Riddick paired fortunately with a new and interesting opponent in Johns Sr. searching for justice and vengeance. The smaller scale survival story works so much better and I hope Riddick will receive one more film return in this style before retiring. Great fun! First time rating: 7.6/10

Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc)
3 years ago via Flixster

Kieslowski returns to the minute detail in his second of his symbolic french flag trilogy "White" (which means equality) in this very black comedy drama. Julie Delpy is engaging and straddles the line between sexually sympathetic and psychotic. The weight of the film is really carried by our Polish protagonist (and real life polish comedian Zbigniew Zamachowski) Karol Karol. It's a peculiar film, but each shot is finely crafted and edited for dramatic or symbolic purpose. Nevertheless if you are willing to enter the strange yet sympathetic world of Kieslowski this is a welcome introduction. First time rating: 8.8/10

12 Years a Slave
3 years ago via Flixster

Once again like American Hustle as cinema this is a disappointing affair following the critical hype. 12 Years a Slave is a disengaging topic that operates more as a simplistic documentary of violence porn that tries to hammer home that slavery is a damning economic industry perpetrated by the majority of caucasian citizens within North America as well at the social and cultural level within the South. Although less comical Steve McQueen is retreading upon many of the footsteps illuminated by last year's Django Unchained so the power of many of its themes feel rehashed and unnecessary. The highlight and anchor of the film really is Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender's performances as unwarranted slave and hypocritical slaver. The film takes a long time to get going but once Fassbender steps onto the screen an hour in the film begins to culminate and grow in strength and intensity. The finale is certainly the highlight of the film. Although necessary for educational purposes, as a piece of cinema adding it's "voice" there is almost nothing new. According to my criteria for 2013 this is not worthy of Best Picture not adapted screenplay. First time rating: 7.9/10

Rachel Getting Married
3 years ago via Flixster

Interestingly this redactive slice of realism was the exact opposite of Spring Breakers which I watched a mere hour before. Although a showcase for Hathaway's acting prowess as the black sheep / recovery Demme's refusal to let the music party and improvised family retorts becomes quite annoying. The star really is Hathaway though as she tries to hold the bruised and broken pieces together (a revelatory scene for her depression involving her younger brother) while her sister is getting married. It certainly is not for all and does not have much to say to grand themes other than coping, but it is a worthwhile journey for particular characters. First time rating: 7.3/10