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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    Stitched together over 11 production years, following the same set of actors, this leisurely but always engaging film guides us through the big, emotional upheavals and small, touching details of one boy's life.

    I have always found it ironic and a little magical that such a Texas-Texan like Linklater makes movies that fit in with a much more European sensibility. Boyhood is a bit of cinéma vérité, dedicated to memory and the moment.

    (PS sorry to have to dock it half a star for use of Coldplay - that's just wrong, yo.)

  • Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Aug, 2014

    A wonderful slice of life rockumentary about the last stop on Pulp's reunion tour, in their hometown of Sheffield - whose citizens are the real stars here. Director Florian Habicht weaves together and showcases all sorts of "Common People" - from Pulp superfans waiting outside Motorpoint Arena in the December cold to the everyday eccentric characters on Sheffield's modest streets.

    And hello, bonus, Jarvis Cocker, at age 51, is still dead sexy too.

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