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  • Citizenfour 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 10th 2014. Before the NYFF schedule had been announced it was unknown, or at least unclear, to the public that she had been working on such a film. After My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010), this is her third film in a row that deals with the ramifications of 9/11. As a result, Ms Poitras is on a government watch-list for her activities.


    Edward Snowden…

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    Truthful to the spirit of its source material, this is a sore, savage comedy on man’s rebellion to approaching complexities of life.

    Characters and plot machinations haphazardly enter as if they escaped from their own movie to the point where bewilderment becomes involuntary.

    It exhibits the growing maturity of its director, who here gives little effort to show off or even charm.

    thecinematouch.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/crisp-criticism-inherent-vice-beyond.html

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  • The General 1926

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Apr, 2014 4

    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.

    and/or

    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.