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  • Ida 2013

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Beautifully shot in austere black and white by Pawel Pawlikowski. In 1960s |Poland, a young noviate nun, Ana (Agata Trzebuchowska), embarks on an emotional journey of discovery. Travelling through snow-bound countryside in the company of her previously estranged, hard-drinking hard-drinking, Wanda (Agata Kulesza), she discoverers shocking secrets about her family origins.

    Although the film's simple storyline occasionally threatens to buckle under the weight of its BIG historical and familial themes, the stark honesty of Pawlokowski and co-writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz's has…

  • It Follows 2014

    ★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2015

    I seem to be quite seriously out of step on this one.

    Despite being a dyed-in-the-wool horror fan, I was extremely disappointed with it Follows, about which I had heard many good things, but about which I knew nothing other than the title.

    To summarise a much longer essay that I might write about the myriad problems I had with the film, here are a few 'bullet points'.

    1. The film is never scary, although a few of the images…

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  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2012 1

    Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2013 7

    An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.

    Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…