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  • A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    When TV partisans declare that their medium has overtaken film in terms of quality this is exactly the kind of film they're imagining as a synecdoche: the subtle, adult genre film with a strong thematic through-line. If they were to pick out a TV series to favourably compare to A Most Wanted Man they could hardly do better than The Wire. After all, both concern themselves with institutions so thoroughly perverted that they end up perpetuating the very pathologies they're…

  • Linda Linda Linda 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2014 2

    (I'm writing this at 3am so it's probably even less insightful and readable than usual. But I'm taking extra care to use the right th(e/a)n, so that's cool.)

    Linda, Linda, Linda starts with a scene that's intended to encapsulate the movie by way of three filmmakers who ineptly stumble their way towards "making an impact" as they shoot a piece about their school's festival. However it also serves to call attention to the process of film-making by laying bare their…

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  • Ida 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Jun, 2014

    I saw two trailers before watching Ida. One presented it as a film about uncovering dark secrets of the holocaust and the other suggested it was about a nun being tempted by carnal pleasures (you've got to feel for whoever fell for the latter). It follows then, that as far as I'm concerned it's about neither.

    Many critics have seen this film as a radical change of pace for Pawlikowski and while the formal elements may be new - black…

  • Millennium Mambo 2001

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2014

    I was going to write something but this: www.reverseshot.com/article/millennium_mambo says everything I wanted to say and then a little bit more. It's also a great deal more eloquent than I would have been.