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Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin (2014)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Damn," I half exhale, half yell, to no one but myself as the credits roll. I've honestly never felt that emotion before. The conclusion, and the brilliant catharsis was almost euphoric to a cinephile like myself. I stared blankly at the credits for minutes just thinking. I was so incredibly wowed from opening frame to closing frame. The force of the narrative was powerful and I find it hard to believe that this film is not on more peoples' radars. I can't say enough about this masterpiece, so my review ends here.

Cheap Thrills
Cheap Thrills (2014)
4 years ago via Movies on iPhone

Amidst an escalating series of dares, a newlywed couple plays God with two recently reunited high-school friends. Dark and intriguing, Cheap Thrills thrives on it's sadistic tone. A satisfying conclusion leaves much to dwell on. Disturbing and visceral, Cheap Thrills reminded me of Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," an Austrian film, in it's tone, although our heroes here are victim to naught but their own greed and depravity.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The way I see it, there is no other way to begin this review than I bore a large and genuine smile across my face throughout the entire duration of the film. This may just be Wes Anderson's master stroke, as every shot; every damned frame is meticulously articulated to be exactly as he intends it. Perfection, by his standard is achieved, as the beautiful frames, and genuine heart pervades each second onscreen. Without a single lull in the thickening plot, the crime caper unfolds. I highly recommend this film.