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Hercules (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

'Hercules' is the most exhilarating movie experiences of 2014 yet! Dwayne Johnson capitalizes on another brilliant performance full of charisma supported by a story that's entertaining enough to sit through. He bulks up for the role and offers a new Hercules offering diversity to our cultural understanding of the Greek God. Ratner adds an enjoyable twist to the original tale, and his visuals are the most stunning images so far in 2014. By the end of the film, you can't help but get up, like a six-year-old and chant his name.

In the House
In the House (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Just when you though great storytelling was dead, Ozon hits you with a shamelessly offensive yet brutally honest memorable art house film.

The Godfather, Part II
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Part II is written on a Shakespearean level. The Godfather (1972) was beautiful in its' pulpy melodramatic sense that perfected and reinvented 30's mobster films. However, Part II takes all the underlying thematic genius of the first film and makes a compilation that has a fine balance between Robert De Niro's and Al Pacino's best performances. The first Godfather was a wonderful stepping stone to this masterpiece of art, and is the only true 'Renaissance' film. Ever since the first film, audiences wanted to see Michael truly taking the position of Don Corleone - and it is breathtaking. Immigration is at the center of the heart. Michael was never meant to be Don even if he believes and truly has what it takes. The Sicilian kind heart of Vito is lost and corruption ensues. The flashback sequences accompanied by a fine-tuned score by Nino Rota make this film a combination of two masterpieces, and thus my favorite film of all time.

Once (2007)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Once, I have seen a modern musical that wasn't annoying. Once, I have seen singers turned actors give great performances. Once, I have seen a movie that is sweet and sincere but true. "Once" should be a role model for all modern romantic comedies and modern musicals. It tells the story of a man, whose name is unknown, who is a street musician with a passion to become an aspiring songwriter who falls in love with another talented musician who sells flowers to make a living. They both have difficult lives. He must take care of his dad and was left heart broken by his ex. She must take care of her toddler daughter and was left heart broken by her husband. The two meet and start writing songs together. The director does a lot with so little and creates an original and moving film. I was only bothered by the rapid pace of the movie. He meets her and in an hour and 20 minutes, the movie ends. The atmosphere of Dublin is so riveting. This film and "The Way" are the only recent films to transport me to Europe. I will say this: It's a shame that the director did not make any recent films since he has quite a promising career. "Once" is a powerful blend of music, warmth, Europe, and love without being close to melodrama.

Reservoir Dogs
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Quentin Tarantino's debut is not impressive as a whole, but we see him experimenting with certain future trademarks such as witty dialog, gore, pop culture references, and film homages. The movie feels like a B-movie, because it takes place in three places. The acting is good, but none of the characters develop throughout the story or feel round. The story takes place in the events after a failed robbery. The story is simple in a boring way and the only thing that's holding it is Tarantino's slick direction. There are some throw-away characters, but the others each represent different characteristics found in most people. For instance, Mr, White is kind, compassionate, serious, and naive. "Pulp Fiction" is one of my favorite films of all time, "Django Unchained" is my favorite film of the decade, and "Inglorious Basterds" was my favorite film of 2009, but "Resevoir Dogs" is simply alright.