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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2016 1

    Funniest film I've seen in quite a while. Ryan Gosling nails every scene here, he's so funny, so brilliant at physical comedy. The 70's setting, the music, the clothes, the moustaches, the mermaids, the horse, the Waltons... everything is fantastic.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2016 5

    It has to be said that The Neon Demon was watched in less than perfect conditions, and the last 20 minutes or so were really ruined for me, so I feel like a rewatch might hit me with full impact and take it up a notch. Though, perfect conditions or not, I do feel like on a first watch it's a slightly lesser Refn film.

    It's as gorgeous to look at as anything else he's done, and the score is absolutely amazing - almost steals the spotlight. It's that good. But overall, still a lot of thoughts and feelings that need to settle.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2016 8

    Jeff Nichols is a master at depicting real and beautiful families, the way they interact and deal with each other. Fantastic film, with an absolutely beautiful score. David Wingo is a great composer, and he always delivers perfect music for Nichols' films. Shannon continues being fantastic, but I might even think Edgerton steals the show a little bit. Subtly, but so perfectly.

  • Talk to Her

    Talk to Her 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jun, 2016

    It's got the classic Almodovar where it can take it turn out of nowhere, but still make sense. One of his better ones definitely.

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2016 7

    And then you just come across a masterpiece. Bobby! I gotta watch more of his stuff. Usually I'm not a musical guy, but it just works here. Because, because, because, he brings the cinematic element. It's not just people singing, it's about the way they're framed, about the things Fosse wants us to see in a given shot, about the cuts, the pans, fades, the magic. Incredible energy on display, it's nonstop for 2 hours, no rest, and Scheider is just all-out fantastic.

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus 1947

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Jun, 2016

    Another great film from Powell and Pressburger. Looks gorgeous and feels unlike most things I've seen from that era.

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jun, 2016

    Stunning to look at, colourful, but in a muted, downbeat sort of way. It's very slow, though, but worth it by the time it's over.

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    The Broken Circle Breakdown 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 31 May, 2016

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

    That's a downer, if ever I saw one, but there are great moments of beauty in here as well. Most of all it's the performances by the two leads. Stellar stuff, really powerful.

  • Volver

    Volver 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2016 2

    This is the kind of Almodovar where all the weird quirks work together to make something great. It's all over the place and never really lets you stay in one genre at a time. Keeps moving and keeps things interesting.

  • Biutiful

    Biutiful 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    I didn't have high hopes for this one. I hate the early Inarritu pictures that have the storylines come together and they're so tragic and such and such. This has elements of that, but it's toned way down and doesn't feel contrived in the same way. Sure, there are moments, but not nearly as bad.

    And then it's Javier Bardem. What a performance. He makes the film what it is. Soulfully, painfully, he takes you on a trip through a…

  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother 1999

    ★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Sometimes Almodovar just gets too melodramatic for me, and I get off the train. Happened here. It's got good performances, but found it hard to engage with.

  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story 1940

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Grant and Stewart in the same picture? That's gotta be breaking the rules, somehow.