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A Most Wanted Man — MOVIE REVIEW


Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams in A Most Wanted Man

In the last performance of his career, Philip Seymour Hoffman gives us a damn fine one. That is for sure. This role wasn’t an easy one to take on. John le Carré always gives us these rich and difficult characters to latch onto in his novels. Just look at The Constant Gardner and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. They all had these big actors playing the main character, but it was never flashy or showy. They have to sink into these roles in order for the true character to be present. And from what I’ve read, le Carré wasn’t completely sold on Hoffman playing his character right away. But leave it to Philip Seymour Hoffman to be the one to truly stand out. Continue reading

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Oculus — MOVIE REVIEW

Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites in Oculus

Oculus is technically classified as a horror movie. But, I think it gets put into that classification on a technicality. Yes, it may have a horror movie feel to it. But I’m not completely sure it should be considered a horror movie. This movie doesn’t rely on cheap tricks to try and scare you to jump out of your seat. It doesn’t employ cheap tactics to make you scream. It doesn’t have the character searching for something with eerie music in the background when all of a sudden another character appears right behind them kind of moments. Oculus doesn’t care about scaring you. It cares about messing with your head. And boy, it certainly does it’s job. Continue reading

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