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"Not my tempo."
A rapid, unforgettable, and absolutely stupefying work of romanticism, invigoration, and exquisite character development; Whiplash is a prodigious study of the quest of greatness. Anchored by two marvelous and dueling performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film starts by taking your breath away and holding just out of arms reach until the credits roll. The piercing flow of the editing, the knockout quality of the dialogue, the tinged and textural flavor of the cinematography, the…
PADDINGTON is better than 5 of the 8 movies currently nominated for Best Picture.
also, while we're playing that game, i'll add that it's a better (and more nuanced) immigrant story than THE IMMIGRANT. and it would be even better if sprinkled with Werner Herzog's narration from GRIZZLY MAN.
It’s one thing to be living alone in your twenties. It’s an entirely different situation when you’re forty-two, overly paranoid, and almost completely friendless. Harry Caul (whose name probably has more significance than its resemblance to the word call) is a surveillance man, a professional eavesdropper who quiets his bouts of conscience by going to confession and abstaining from taking the Lord’s name in vain. The Conversation follows him furtively, even intrusively, as he nears a mental breakdown after realizing…