Reviews by DBJC
Donnie Darko
When I finished this movie, my mouth was just open. I had no idea what to say about this movie. Did I like it? Did I hate? Neither. It was just interesting and that's just about all I can say about it. I don't know who to recommend this to except for people who are open to originality and...creepiness. It's definitely a psychological thriller, but that doesn't make it less creepy. I still recommend watching it and coming up with an opinion about it. Maybe watch it twice. Three times. It's definitely not a rip off of another movie, that's for sure.
I really wanted to like this movie but...
When I heard about this movie, I was really excited, but when I finally watched it, I tried too hard to like it and I ended up feeling disappointed. It really annoyed me that he kept going back and back so it wasn't the movie for me even though I really wanted it to be. It's not a bad movie, but it was just a bit disappointing to me. It needed something else...something more.
Better than I thought
Okay, so I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie until it started racking up so many awards but when I finally got a chance to watch it I understood why it had so many awards. I didn't know much about the Islamic Revolution at the time, but that didn't stop me from being engaged! The plot wasn't hard to follow even though I didn't know much about that time period, and it flowed very well. The costumes were spot on and the acting was far from shallow. I also learned a bit more about what happened with the American Embassy in Iran during that time. A minor history lesson! But other than that the movie is great. You feel the suspense and everything.
Max Richter
If you've seen the trailer to Clint Eastwood's movie J.Edgar, you've heard a taste of Max Richter. He's basically neo-classical like Olafur Arnalds, but it's hard to put him into a specific category. This particular album is one of his earlier ones and is a good introduction to neo-classical music. My favorite track would have to be "Autumn Music 2" because of the beauty that it brings to the end of the album. I recommend exploring Max Richter's other albums too.

That's not the right album art though...
The Bible
The music alone is really good, but paired with the series, it becomes powerful. When I watched this series, I had no idea that Hans Zimmer had anything to do with this score and so that was really impressive to me. Lorne Balfe continues to impress me as well after listening to this and to Assassin's Creed 3. If you've seen The Bible series on the History Channel, I recommend listening to the score because it's one of the most powerful scores that you'll ever listen to.