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Ryan Baker checked in to Sherlock
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Sherlock

“Season 3, Episode 3: 'His Last Vow'”

Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker checked in to Man of Steel
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Man of Steel

“Not even the astonishingly attractive Henry Cavill can salvage this hollow, sprawling spectacle bloated with sequences of impersonal, near pornographic devastation; it feels more the handiwork of brand managers than filmmakers.”

Ryan Baker
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The Bloody Judge

“It’s softcore exploitation by way of the English Restoration courtesy Jesús Franco’s dull, low-budget 1970 ‘Witchfinder General’ knockoff starring Christopher Lee as the titular autocratic aristocrat between clumsily titillating torture scenes.”

Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker checked in to Sherlock
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Sherlock

“Season 3, Episode 2: 'The Sign of Three'”

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Ryan Baker checked in to Sherlock
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Sherlock

“Season 3, Episode 1: 'The Empty Hearse'”

Ryan Baker
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The Man from Earth

“Somewhere between ’12 Angry Men’ and an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ is this intriguing low-budget 2007 scifi drama, a stagey adaptation about a departing college professor revealing his surprising identity to colleagues.”

Ryan Baker
3 monthsReply
The Secret of Kells

“This 2009 Irish-French-Belgian animated fantasy is a painfully beautiful treasure, a frame-by-frame, hand drawn masterpiece worthy of the illuminated manuscript upon which it’s based. Few other, if any, animated films could outshine it.”

Ryan Baker
3 monthsReply
Superman vs. The Elite

“What seems at first a typical pedestrian DC Comics yarn soon becomes a political clash of ages, archetypes and Americas in this smartly adapted 2012 animated film, exploring and defining Superman through modern moral relativism.”

Ryan Baker
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Hugo

“For all the warmth Scorsese musters for mythologizing cinema and recasting Méliès a magician, this 2011 adaptation about a lonely orphan in a steam-wreathed Parisian concourse is cold, an impersonal, family-friendly film devotional.”

Ryan Baker
4 monthsReply
Long Weekend (1978)

“This eerie 1978 Aussie eco-horror film sees a self-absorbed, embittered and thoroughly unlikable couple quietly set upon by patient, vengeful Nature, done with a cold restraint - free of alarmist spectacle - rare among the subgenre.”

Rod Lott
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4 months

YOU'RE ALIVE!!!

Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker replied on Ryan Baker's link
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To say I have reduced my cinematic intake would be putting it mildly.

Ryan Baker
over 1 yearReply
Wet Hot American Summer

“As surely as the sun shall set, so, too, shall future generations erect glorious cathedrals to honor Paul Rudd and Christopher Meloni for their performances in David Wain's infinitely awesome 2001 '80s summer camp comedy.”

Rod Lott
Rod Lott replied on Ryan Baker's link
over 1 year

This is one I just don't "get."

Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker replied on Ryan Baker's link
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It is batshit insane. I can't explain it, I just know I never want it to end.

Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker checked in to Winter's Bone
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Winter's Bone

“Every frame filled with bleak, teeth-gritting cold, Debra Granik's 2010 noir set amid the frigid Ozarks is a harsh depiction of a stern, steely 17-year old's grim journey through a damaged landscape of damaged people and rural power structures.”

Ryan Baker
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Margin Call

“It's night of the living derivatives as J.C. Chandor's 2011 boardroom drama captures the dawn of the financial collapse; panic travels up the corporate ladder and, via Wall Street alchemy, becomes ruthless expediency. A cold, harsh and realistic film.”

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Coriolanus

“Intense and ferocious, Ralph Fiennes' 2012 adaptation of Shakespeare's military tragedy roots timeless themes in the cloistered halls of modern politics, made ever sweet by Elizabethan English words commanded by an inspired cast.”

Ryan Baker
over 1 yearReply
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

“Stylish and thrilling, Dario Argento's 1970 directorial debut is the quintessential giallo, laden with psychosexuality, imperiled women and a leitmotif of curation and display that informs much of the Male Gaze/voyeurism at the heart of the plot.”

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