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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    Obnoxious, but not always. Amusing, if inconsistently. Mostly fascinating for a remarkably fresh style of filmmaking that isn't always pretty - the editing seems purposely blunt - but synthesises comedic impulses from the internet and television and throws them up on the big screen with movie stars and somehow gathers them into an energetic experience.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Jan, 2016

    It’s in the continual interactions of the cast that Spotlight finds its real richness, consistently challenging our perceptions of the structures of power in the intersecting systems of church, law and press have hidden this devastating reality for so long.

    Full review: www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/reviews/spotlight-review/37585

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  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts 2012

    ★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2012 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the kind of wistful auburn drama that's so easy to watch, you feel harsh pointing out everything that's wrong with it. But it's so aware of being that kind of film, to the extent that the first piece of classical music that plays from Elizabeth Olsen's mixtape gift to Josh Radnor, soundtracking his journey back out of the rosy green backwoods of Ohio, is Beethoven's 'Pastoral' symphony. It's so deeply aware of itself that this mixtape becomes the…

  • Flesh for Frankenstein

    Flesh for Frankenstein 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2012

    To know death, Otto, you have to fuck life in the gall bladder!