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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2014

    Yeah, it's still the best movie of the year so far.

    Linklater, Arquette, Coltrane, Hawke (particularly Hawke and Arquette) are all amazing, writing great, directing top notch, awesome soundtrack, etc., etc.

    BUT this time round, I was able to appreciate the smaller performances and nuances here and there, especially Marco Perella as Bill the first Step-father. He is fantastic and steals every scene he's in...

    This isn't so much a review as a call to arms to see. this. film.

  • Witness for the Prosecution 1957

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    Another Wilder film, another masterpiece (with help from Agatha Christie). Charles Laughton is on top form as completely badass lawyer, Sir Wilfrid - the film wouldn't be incredible without him; great but not incredible - who should be resting up after a heart attack. His nurse is constantly at his side, ensuring that he gets to bed early and doesn't stress... So Sir Wilfrid decides now is the best time to run around getting involved as a defence barrister, sneaking…

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  • Grace of Monaco 2014

    Watched 04 Jun, 2014

    What a wonderfully vacuous film. Believe the hype.

    Grace of Monaco comes across like a child has been given access to a huge budget and a camera for the first time, experimenting with editing and various shots that probably aren't used all that often. Yeah, there's probably a reason for that. It's like the camera they used had a malfunctioning zoom button. Slowly, slowly in we go until we're looking directly up Kidman's nostrils as she delivers an 'emotional' speech.…

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jun, 2014

    I'm biased as hell for Richard Linklater films so me giving it five stars tells you absolutely nothing, especially as he did a Q and A afterwards and was very giving of his time. I think I sat down at 6.15 to watch the film and didn't get up to 11. Phew. That being said, it's an epic and impressive achievement. Filmed over the course of twelve years ("We pondered calling a '12 Years' for a while but another film…