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Film Review: End of Watch (2012)

After nearly two months of absence, I return to blogging with a review of the best 2012 film I have seen so far. Enjoy!

Genre: drama, comedy.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Natalie Martinez

Director/Writer: David Ayer

In the long history of buddy movies that have emanated from Hollywood, End of Watch is among the most powerful, realistic and genuinely funny ones I have had the pleasure to watch.

The relationship that develops between Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena), two decent LAPD patrol officers, is absolutely fun to watch. There is great authenticity and intensity in the performances, carrying the film with undeniable street charm through occasional patches of police cliches and shaky camera work.

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IMDB Top 250: Donnie Darko (2001)

Ever since it was released, Donnie Darko, written and directed by Richard Kelly, has turned into one of the most talked-about cult classics in contemporary American cinema. Like other films with a similar cult status, Donnie Darko relies on rather odd symbolism to make its point across.

When a film suprises you and steps away from convention, it often stays with you well after you are done watching it. More than statements that push the story forward, these so-called symbols used by directors such as Kelly act as placeholders that allow us to remember a film for many years, maybe for our entire lives.

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