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  • East of Eden 1955

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Mar, 2015

    In which an American family is torn apart by progress, change and repression. James Dean is a monumental force of hormonal tension, it's more than obvious as to why he's a lasting icon from this film alone.

    My real issue lies with the film's resolution, wherein the conservative stream that runs through the family's blood, which threatens to break them down, is embraced and played out as a bandaid over a wound. It doesn't work and somewhat negates that which came before it. Other than that, it's a powerful piece of work from all involved.

  • Selma 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Feb, 2015

    Brad Pitt should definitely stick to producing if this is going to be the constant by-product. A film that achieves power and inspiration through subtlety and respect. MLK's struggle here is one of a spiritual and systematic nature, with Selma always re-iterating the rift that exists between the two pursuits, as well as their crossover points.

    The fact that it manages to render the event and the struggle into terms easily digestible while still maintaining a lack of compromise to…

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  • 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 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.