The Cinephiliac
Twenty-something film reviewer, social critic, and cultural analyst searching for a place in the sun.


Under the Skin (2014)

Under the Skin (2014): I want to say avoid it, but its intentions are admirable enough to SEE IT.

Under the skin poster_thumb[2]Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a patient film. Complete with dawdling takes, minuscule dialogue, and an array of symbolic shots, Under the Skin is an art house thriller for those with patience on their side. I am not a patient person. For me, Under the Skinis a meaningless hodgepodge of images and moments that gives no clarity or reason to what takes place on screen. Be advised: I “got it”…

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Joe (2013)

Joe (2013): SEE IT. It’s a rare oddity of a film that shines with an illuminating realism and humor.

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There’s a current certain trend in independent cinema that has been prevalent for the past five or so years. Sharing a similar aesthetic, these specific films are a concoction of nefarious thriller with coming of age drama that centers on a youth living in unforgiving, harsh existences. Beginning with  began with 2010’s Winter’s Bone, the trend continued on to include MudBeasts of the Southern…

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-poster-fullSequels rarely surpass the original material in both style and substance, particularly if that sequel is bred from the confines of DreamWorks Studios. My conception of DreamWorks is that they are the poor man’s Pixar. Although DreamWorks has created their share of impressive stories told through cinematically stark animation, their films simply don’t possess the same majestic pizzazz of cinematic…

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The brilliance of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 dystopian gem, Stalker.

Within my formative years of cinephilism, watching the works of Andrei Tarkovsky somehow escaped me. I had heard of his films through random name drops in conversations with fellow film enthusiasts and had intended for years to watch at least one film of his.

The brilliance of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 dystopian gem, Stalker.

Within my formative years of cinephilism, watching the works of Andrei Tarkovsky somehow escaped me. I had heard of his films through random name drops in conversations with fellow film enthusiasts and had intended for years to watch at least one film of his.


22 Jump Street (2014)

Grab a beer (or few) and check out my review for 22 Jump Street over at…

22 Jump Street (2014)

Grab a beer (or few) and check out my review for 22 Jump Street over at…




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the60sbazaar:

Jean Paul Belmondo c.1965 

the60sbazaar:

Jean Paul Belmondo c.1965 


How The Wire Changed My Life and Could Change the World

How The Wire Changed My Life and Could Change the World.

the-wire-season-1-poster-404x600Twelve years ago today marks the inception on one of the greatest televisions shows in the history of television, The Wire.  My devotion to The Wire began a couple of months ago when I decided to complete a personal task that had been nagging at me. For years I’d listen to people rave on about how HBO’s The Wireis the best show ever written, yet I knew nothing about the show itself nor did I know…

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It disgusts me that we live in a society where men are taught that acting like dogs is acceptable. Women are not your object, and men need to take responsibility and stop behaving as if it’s ok to oogle, touch, or berate a woman for wearing “provocative clothing.”

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because men think they have the right to touch me just because i am wearing a short dress. Whenever i go out to a club or a bar there is always one guy who touches my as* because he believes that wearing a short dress means “i want you to touch me without my consent” and if i complain about it I’ll get nothing but an insult as a response. i should be able to wear whatever i want without being afraid of strangers staring at me like a piece of meat. 

It disgusts me that we live in a society where men are taught that acting like dogs is acceptable. Women are not your object, and men need to take responsibility and stop behaving as if it’s ok to oogle, touch, or berate a woman for wearing “provocative clothing.”

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because men think they have the right to touch me just because i am wearing a short dress. Whenever i go out to a club or a bar there is always one guy who touches my as* because he believes that wearing a short dress means “i want you to touch me without my consent” and if i complain about it I’ll get nothing but an insult as a response. i should be able to wear whatever i want without being afraid of strangers staring at me like a piece of meat. 



The Double (2014)

The Double (2014): TOSS UP. It’s a great cinematic achievement, despite its annoyingly poor story.

posterSimon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is an unnoticeable speck on a dingy coat; one so commonplace and ordinary that he blends into the background of his own life. His co-workers barely remember his name while others, including his boss Mr. Papadopoulous (Wallace Shawn), forget they’ve met him despite Simon having worked at the same company for seven years. Simon is bland, unconfident, unremarkable, and…

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The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. 
kwesiabbensetts:

Crater On Mars by Kwesi Abbensetts
Starring Raphael

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. 

kwesiabbensetts:

Crater On Mars by Kwesi Abbensetts

Starring Raphael

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