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  • Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Sourcey programming skills there guys...

    It's like Weird Science for the modern young man of the 21st Century!

    I loved the way this looked and was put together. Great to see Alex Garland's debut creating such a fierce discussion between my girlfriend and I afterward. We probably talked about it solidly and passionately for an hour.

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    This could also be called "Drum Life in Macro", see it for the brilliant last 15 minutes alone. Great performances, especially from the young lead, backed up as always by the great J.K. Simmons.

    This film could easily fall into TV movie-of-the-week territory but the visceral direction, perfect editing and detailed photography elevate it into perhaps the most amazing musical movie ever made.

    The last 15 minutes left me gasping, my heart racing and my mind totally engaged, locked in. Not dragging. Not rushing. His tempo.

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  • Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Jan, 2015

    Subtle, even and carefully paced. Foxcatcher is lifted into the realms of great films by what it doesn't choose to do, rather than what it does. The plot and pacing shows fantastic restraint to let the actors carefully and honestly play out each character's arc to what becomes a startling conclusion after such measured pacing.

    Each of the 3 main actors nail their performances and Carell is only let down by the obviousness of his prosthesis. He's terrific, as is…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    Just amazing. Brilliantly seamless camerawork from Chivo and his camera operators and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the actors get to act at each other through entire scenes with no cuts. Like a truly camerafied piece of theatre.

    I thought it got a little wayward in tone and direction near to the end but still totally enjoyed the ride.

    Oscar fodder for sure.