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  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    The psychological portrait is so rich and sympathetic that my heart couldn't help but simply ache. It looks more beautiful than any Ghibli film before it. I'll be very sad if this is the last. Let's hope they make films forever.

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    The Magnificent Ambersons 1942

    ★★★★ Watched 02 May, 2015

    There is a humanity and fragility to this film that separates it from Citizen Kane, but it's lacking that film's clear and cogent structure. If The Magnificent Ambersons was able to crystallise it's ideas a bit more, it might be the better film. Alas, it doesn't, and so we have to hinge ourselves on exquisite moments of truth and beauty that scatter themselves across other moments of meandering tedium.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2014 3

    Either Damien Chazelle is a failed musician OR he's an old world, stodgy judge at brass band competitions who is probably also a failed musician. In reality, he's a film director and he's made one of the most frustrating films of 2014.

    Whiplash is the by-product of music being stripped of it's creativity, innovation and soul. It's a film about a young man who strives for excellence in an environment that praises technical proficiency and exactness over humanity and the…

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    A total crowd pleaser. There hasn't been a film in the cinema this consistently hilarious in a few years. A true joy.