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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    I was expecting Sundance-y twee BS and I was wrong. This is a very moving and imaginative film, and above all singular, unlike anything I've seen.

    The score is beautiful, the imagery very evocative, and the two leads are incredible, especially considering they are not professional actors. There are a couple of scenes between them that had me fighting the tears yet it never felt manipulative or heavy-going.

    The director is a great new voice in the crowded world of US indie cinema, and while I feel like I am the last person to see this, I can only join the chorus of praise

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    An immensely entertaining and dizzying kaleidoscope of 70's Californian noir paranoia. Inherent Vice is so rich and dense that it demands multiple viewings, in fact I'd happily have gone straight back to watch it again.

    Abandon all hopes of fully understanding the plot on a first viewing, which is suitably incomprehensible in the best noir tradition. The first viewing is to soak up the vibe and be dazzled by the sheer brilliance of it all. I can't wait to see it again and again

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  • Love Actually 2003

    ½ Rewatched 30 Dec, 2013

    Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.

    Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…

  • Mystery Train 1989

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    A collection of three laconic yet wonderfully evocative urban tales, loosely connected by the same setting, a fleapit of a hotel in Memphis.

    I particularly love the way Jim Jarmush captures that transient yet suspended feeling of staying in a city hotel.