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  • Mommy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2014

    The second of Xavier Dolan’s films to feature in my best of 2014 list, Mommy is a phenomenal achievement and the director’s strongest film yet. You can really see Dolan maturing as a filmmaker here, striking a better balance between style and substance, while still managing to be true to his vision and style. The story of a ill-equipped mother who is struggles to cope with caring for her ADHD-diagnosed son and the neighbour that comes into their lives to…

  • Ida 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Jun, 2014

    If I could turn any film into a book ,which had each frame as a photograph, this would be the film I’d want it done to. Each frame of Ida is like a perfectly composed, perfectly lit photograph. It is an extraordinarily beautiful looking film. Aside from looking amazing, Ida is an incredibly moving film about a woman forced to reexamine her life choices in light of learning new things about her past. Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska give such wonderfully nuanced performances, they are a joy to watch.

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  • Cloverfield 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2012

    Had I known how truly BAD-ASS this film was, I would have made an effort to see it at the cinema. Wow, what a heart-pounding ride. The thing about this monster movie is it feels real. The shitty handheld camera, the irrational decisions, the sheer terror felt by the characters. If there was ever an Alien invasion I would imagine it would occur something like this. Less is definitely more when it comes to showing what is attacking. A quick…

  • Shame 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2012

    Shame is a cold look at the impact of addiction on a person's life. The film is beautifully shot and masterfully edited. The colour palate of winter New York really adds to the cool feeling.

    While some may find this film to be shallow and unfeeling, I believe that is how you are supposed to feel. Addiction takes over peoples lives and leaves them hollow, without any purpose except getting the next fix and easing the pain.

    Absolutely astounding acting…