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  • Café Society

    Café Society 2016

    ★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2016

    Swings on the more romantic, blasé side of Allen's scale, much like The Purple Rose of Cairo, but is severely lacking in the effortless charm and chemistry of that film's central couple. Don't get me wrong, both actors here are more than capable, particularly Kristen Stewart who is proving herself more and more with every passing film. It's just that together they don't really gel. Add to that the strange uncanniness of the period reproduction and Allen's ragged voice over…

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven 2001

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Sep, 2016

    Hollywood's erogenous zone.

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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…

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2016 2

    Destroyed me. One of those films where, after seeing it, all you can do is beat yourself up for not having seen it earlier. Scathing, joyous, reflective, reflexive. It's everything that is great about cinema, and therefore, life.