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  • The Reflektor Tapes

    The Reflektor Tapes 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2015

    One of the things I love about Arcade Fire is they are one of the few contemporary bands who maintain a sense of mythology around them, and The Reflektor Tapes does nothing to try and demystify them. Rather than going down the conventional chronological making of route, the film presents an impressionistic, often surreal montage of events. Perhaps most unusually about the film is how it seemed to prioritise sound over the visuals, with exceptional sound design, voiceover interviews and…

  • Obvious Child

    Obvious Child 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    From the off I struggled to connect with the film focusing on yet another self-involved, 20-something hipster New Yorker (oh aren't we so liberated, look at us have a conversation while one of us is taking a shit), but when it eventually moves past that navalgazey comedy and into the meat of the story, it presents the rarely addressed subject matter with honesty and conviction. Just a shame the first two acts weren't as engaging as the closing one.

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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.