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  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur 2015

    ★★½ Watched 05 Jan, 2016

    In theory, a Pixar film about dinosaurs should be my film of the year. In practice, not so much.
    The film shares one of the main qualms I had with Cars, as they both suffer from some fundamental flaws in their world-building. At no point do they properly explain the world these characters exist in. Is it a majority dinosaur world or majority mammal? Are humans common or rare? Why haven't dinosaurs physically evolved during the tens of millions of…

  • The Look of Silence

    The Look of Silence 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2015

    As with its sister piece The Act of Killing, this film delves deeper into the nature of humanity in a single scene than most filmmakers achieve in entire careers. Simultaneously heartbreaking and sickening, it tells a story that might seem unimaginable, were it not for the visceral recreations by its perpetrators. However, this film shifts the focus away from them and their surreal spectacle as shown in the previous film, and instead presents a reflective portrayal of one family who lost someone and how the events of 1965 still weigh heavily on them and the national psyche.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    Between this and Birdman, 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for jazzy drums in cinema.

  • The Stag

    The Stag 2013

    Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    What sounds like an entertaining, if uninspired, proposition (An Irish version of The Hangover), turns out to be nothing short of an utter shambles of a film, with some of the most contrived dialogue I've ever heard and a closing monologue which was so patronising and shoe-horned in it had us literally screaming at the TV. The film's tagline, "Mistakes Were Made", turned out to be something of an understatement.