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  • Joanna 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    A dying woman spends her final days with her son and husband in this heart wrenching documentary short that serves as a final message from a wife and mother to the people she loves the most. Elegiac and lyrical, JOANNA lovingly observes the tremulous beauty of their most mundane interactions, heavy with the knowledge that these are among the last they will ever have. A deeply felt and emotionally honest work of art, and a 2015 nominee for Best Documentary Short.

  • The Duke of Burgundy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    Forget FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, Peter Strickland's brilliantly conceived, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, is the truly great study of BDSM relationships this year. Following a mild mannered biologist who has become the dominant for an emotionally needy young woman, who creates elaborate and degrading role playing scenarios that the two of them play out on a daily basis. Yet as she becomes increasingly needy and demanding in their games, her partner becomes more and more distant, innocent in her role…

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  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.