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  • Locke 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    A film that shouldn't work but succeeds tremendously, largely due to Hardy's fine, measured performance (the shaky accent isn't an issue at all) and his character being so well defined.

  • All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015 1

    Wildly self-indulgent but also close the genius, I didn't realise just how much of director Bob Fosse's own life was incorporated into the film.

    I also never appreciated how versatile an actor the late, great Roy Scheider was before viewing this.

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  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015

    Astounding. I was left speechless coming out of the cinema, post-screening.

    Director Damien Chazelle shows a cinematic craftsmanship which truly belies his age.

    There's so much to love here, but I was particularly enthralled by the way the film takes on almost thriller-like machinations as the narrative progresses.

    Being a jazz fan, I was also hugely impressed with how the music slid between diegetic and non-diegetic sound to inform mood and pace. So clever.

    Is it too early to call film of the year yet? Can't wait to revisit this on the big screen.

  • Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever 2009

    ★★★½ Added 3

    Ti West may have disowned it but there's a lot to like about this twisted sequel. Porky's by way of John Waters and Troma.