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  • Bitter Lake 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    My first Curtis feature and I'm very impressed by his editing style moreso than his handling of content. The intersection of music and image is very powerful here, as is his willingness to let this extraordinary archival footage and these modern military clips play out sans pace-fuelled montage.

    The latter hour is where his thesis fully forms, though the vague setup in the beginning means that the general thrust of the documentary lacks a truly powerful realisation. Instead, though, we…

  • Bad Boys II 2003

    ★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 1

    Disclaimer: Had a lot to drink beforehand, probably only half-watched the film as well.

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  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 6

    Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.

    The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 5

    I'm not entirely sure what this film thinks it is, throwing so much shit at the wall and hoping something profound sticks. I do know, though, that without that really good drum score it would have been a whole lot more dull to sit through; we witness the process of the film figuring itself out, messily and unconvincingly over its far too long runtime.

    Norton was great, if you want to tackle self-obsession and ego in art and theatre, make…