Sam Aberdeen

Sam Aberdeen

Writer and journalist. Legend has it he simply walked into Mordor.

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  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★

    James Cameron has always been an anomaly of a director to me. While I really enjoy some of his work (Titanic, Aliens, and my personal favourite, The Abyss) there are times when I feel like his self-indulgence gets the better of him. Avatar was perhaps the most egregious example of him simply taking his ego a bit too far, and the result was a pretty but shallow experience built on the foundation of better movies.

    Avatar's story feels like a…

  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    ★★★½

    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist came out at a time in my life where I was eating up the cute coming of age drama/comedies because of how relatable they often were. While I've certainly grown past that phase, these types of films always brought me back to simpler times - when I was just exploring myself, exploring the life I lived, and getting in touch with my inner romantic (yes, I regret writing some poetry too).

    The story of Nick & Norah's…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    Christopher Nolan had tackled everything from dreams to magic to insane clown anarchists, but never space. In 2014, after leaving the hands of Steven Spielberg, he took up directorial duties for a space adventure called Interstellar, with a script helmed by his brother, Jonathan Nolan. With a resume as impressive as Nolan's, Interstellar proved to be his most daring and bold work yet - which is why I think it's a masterpiece. Let me explain.

    Interstellar takes place in the…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    Director Robert Eggers proved to be a formidable new horror director with the release of 2016's The Witch. His sophomore effort, The Lighthouse, continues his winning streak of tense, original, and provocative horror that makes his creative vision boldly stand out in a sea of mediocre to bad horror movies today.

    The Lighthouse focuses on two lighthouse keepers, played by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, who tend to a secluded island lighthouse in the middle of the ocean. For a…