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  • A Single Man 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    A stream-of-consciousness film can go one of two ways. Yawn-inducing pretentiousness or an intriguing dreamscape that you lose yourself in within the first ten minutes. This film is undoubtedly the latter as we follow George around on what he intends to be his final day on Earth, meeting a few strangers, engaging in deep conversations and pondering his past with his boyfriend, who died within the past year.

    The cinematography, costume, production design and score are sumptuous (yes, sumptuous) whilst…

  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    John Carney knows how to write characters. Human, flawed, interesting characters. Who like music. Who live music. Who breathe music. Well, that's based on the two films of his that I've seen anyway. There are a lot of similarities between this and Once when you break it down so your thoughts on his previous film may be useful in working out whether you'll enjoy this one.

    The thing I loved about this film is that the way it portrays relationships…

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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…