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  • Chinatown

    Chinatown 1974

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Apr, 2016

    Forget it, it's Chinatown, it's a masterpiece. Jackie boy is so phenomenal, what a badass.

  • Leon: The Professional

    Leon: The Professional 1994

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2016

    So long since I last watched this, and I'm so happy to see that it's still a masterpiece in my book. It looks gorgeous, it nails the quiet moments and it nails the action sequences. Reno and Portman rarely ever better, and the music tops everything off. Still one of my favourite films of all time.

  • Victoria

    Victoria 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2016

    I don't always watch movies to experience perfection, so I'm not in the camp with those who think the one-take takes everything down a notch here. To be honest, the performances here - stellar, phenomenal performances - are made all the more intense because of the one-take. In that regard, they almost are perfect. I was on board for the duration, and really went through most emotions that are possible. And I'm not going to lie, the one-take is cool and well done. They pull it off, and the film is better for it. Hard to beat the experience that this one offers.

  • Road to Perdition

    Road to Perdition 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Mar, 2016 1

    Every time I watch it I love it even more. It has really become one of my favourite films. The cast is fantastic, and everyone does great with the scenes they're given. Hanks in at least one of his top 3 performances. It's subtle but very layered, and he manages to convey small changes by doing very little.

    The film just looks beautiful. The rain-drenched scenes, the shootouts, the ending in that creamy-white room, the mirror scene with Craig, it's all amazing.

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Mar, 2016

    One of Spielberg's finest. It really doesn't feel as long as it is, and it's put together with so much care. It looks fantastic, but still conveys the horror we are witnessing without calling attention to itself. Liam Neeson is subtle but in the end he sneaks up on you, it's so well done. Got me at the end.

  • Youth

    Youth 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2016

    So much more tender than I had expected. It's got the weird characters - same as in The Great Beauty - that add something, an extra layer, but it's not really about them at all, but then again it is.. it's sort of about everything, but still it's centred by Caine and Keitel. What a magnificent performance from Caine. Graceful like nothing else out there. And Sorrentino sure does know how to shoot a film.

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Mar, 2016 7

    I'm just going to go ahead and go full marks for experience on this one. It looks so fantastic it's not even funny. I'd hang every single frame on my wall. It's out of this world, creating its own world. The ending rivals the firelit scene in Skyfall - might even say surpasses, but I'd have to rewatch what Deakins does in that film just to be sure. But it doesn't even matter, it's filmed so disgustingly well. Absolutely gorgeous.…

  • Killer Joe

    Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2016 1

    It's all about that ending.

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr. 1924

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016

    Incredible. Absolutely amazing. The sequence where he enters the movie and the scenery keeps changing is mental, it holds up so well, I can't believe it. And the action sequence at the end that just keeps going and going and going could honestly rival most things made these days. What a joyous and wonderful picture, incredible, incredible.

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success 1957

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016 11

    90 minutes of straight fire. Tony Curtis, he tears through everything, goes through ups and downs, sells everything like it's nothing. Burt Lancaster - how have I never seen a film with him before? That haircut, man. The dialogue crackles and burns, it's mean, it's dirty, it's wonderful. That poster too, right? For my money, one of the best movies I have seen from the 50s. It handles everything so well.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2016 4

    Incredible. Every shot - and I really do mean every single shot - looks fantastic. The entire film is flawlessly put together, it is truly the work of masters at the top of their game. From a filmmaking standpoint, this is probably the best thing the Coens have ever created. It's their own thing, while at the same time staying so close to Cormac McCarthy. I haven't read this book, but the dialogue and tone is right out of many of his other books.

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence 1974

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016 4

    Powerhouse performances from Rowlands and Falk, just phenomenal stuff. 'A Woman Under the Influence' is pretty much unlike anything else I've seen. It feels incredibly real, but in an unreal way somehow. Many of the scenes go on slightly longer than expected and things get uncomfortable, and you're waiting for everything to work out and maybe it does and maybe it doesn't.