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Contagion
Contagion (2011)
4 years ago via Flixster
½

"Contagion" is easily the most realistic, emotionally-intense pandemic flick I can remember off the top of my head. It refuses to waste any time on useless, mushy fluff, but instead creates a pseudo-prediction of a very possible future world crisis. Even if you don't buy into the disturbingly brutal and honest plight of its characters, at the very least "Contagion" will force you to finally wash your hands before you eat dinner. Your mom will thank it for that.

For the rest of my review, please check out my movie review blog: http://filmsallthetime.blogspot.com/2012/10/brians-review-contagion-2011.html

The Caller
The Caller (2011)
4 years ago via Flixster

Lefevre's character gives the flick a very grounded feel, as she plays a woman steeped in depression after a nasty divorce, but the scenario manages to avoid congealing into a bucket of Lifetime-worthy slop. This can mostly be attributed to the movie's commendable ability to effectively blend elements from dramas, psychological thrillers, and supernatural horrors. The pacing of the story itself isn't awful either, with the wire-tight tension building consistently over the course of the film, until it reaches a neck-snapping breaking point during the last act.

For the rest of my review, please check out my movie review blog: http://filmsallthetime.blogspot.com/2012/10/brians-review-caller-2011.html

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
4 years ago via Flixster
½

Those familiar with the Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley were doubtful that this flick would be able to convey the same type of dreamy, carefree, semi-melancholy flavor fans know and love the original books for, but as someone who's read these literary treats, I have to say that the writers and director got the recipe pretty much perfect. Blending indie romantic comedy-style sensibilities with O'Malley's signature video game/martial arts movie-inspired mayhem, plus tossing in a dash of young adult angst for good measure, makes for one hell of a trip.

For the rest of my review, please check out my movie review blog: http://filmsallthetime.blogspot.com/2012/10/brians-review-scott-pilgrim-vs-world.html

Episode 50
Episode 50 (2011)
4 years ago via Flixster

It would've made it slightly less unbearable if there were any scares thrown in to break up the monotony of watching the definition of "stupid" personified onscreen, but alas, this was another essential aspect of ye olde horror movie that was neglected by the filmmakers. "Episode 50" attempts to scrape by with mediocre effects, a complete lack of atmosphere, and poor execution. In all honesty, the only thing you should expect to send shivers down your spine is the atrocious acting. This isn't even bad enough to be fun. Avoid.

For the rest of my review, please check out my movie review blog: filmsallthetime.blogspot.com/2012/09/brians-review-episode-50.html

Up in the Air
Up in the Air (2009)
4 years ago via Flixster

While "Up in the Air" tackles dramatic subject matter, such as the effects of unemployment on our workforce and the devastating consequences of failed expectations, it does so without every bogging itself down with melodrama - in fact, it glares unflinchingly at its topics with every intention of overcoming the weight of today's society with youthful optimism and humor. In the same breath, it doesn't romanticize the real-life ideas it addresses, but handles them realistically and rationally, and asks us not just "What if?" but "What if this were you? Because it very well could be." It's a film that doesn't take itself too seriously, but doesn't take its themes too lightly, and that's a great balance that's rarely pulled off well.

For the rest of my review, please check out my movie review blog: http://filmsallthetime.blogspot.com/2012/09/brians-review-up-in-air-2009.html