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  • The Admiral: Roaring Currents

    The Admiral: Roaring Currents 2014

    ★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    Watched the 109min 'international cut'.

    Review to come.

  • Margaret

    Margaret 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    [Watched the 'Extended Cut' ~178min]

    A wonderfully complex and sprawling mess of characters, narrative ideas and formal elements that seems designed to provoke lingering misanthropy, which makes its duration both compelling and dread-inducing.

    Don't really have too much cohesive to say right now but:
    - The experimentation with sound and editing in the first half of the film is fantastic, especially overlapping conversations
    - Manages to interweave poetry, prose and theatre into the plot in a way that's never forced…

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  • Interstellar

    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

    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…