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  • Rust and Bone

    Rust and Bone 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2015 7

    It's just powerful filmmaking that knocks me out once again. Performances out of this world and Audiard has a fun sense for popular music and what works in a scene.

  • A Prophet

    A Prophet 2009

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Aug, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Absolutely one of the best prison films of all time. It's brutal, extremely well acted, incredibly intense and perfectly paced. There's a fantastic sense of when to add a good song and montage that shit and there's a real feeling for when to hit hard or take it slow. The film wouldn't work without Tahar Rahim - he sells every seconds. You have to believe his transformation from a scared but violent 19 year old to the king of the castle. And he delivers.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 3

    It's all in that piece of music. It starts out with a sort of buzzing, not quite, but almost and then comes the clapping and the strings and it's quietly soaring, quietly so I don't notice it until it's all over and then I'm left there floating, hanging, not quite sure if I'm happy or sad, probably a bit of both. It ends the way it's gotta end, it ends where many films don't end and anybody watching the film can take away exactly what they want from it.

  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Bringing Out the Dead 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2015

    There is plenty to analyse here and maybe someday I will, but it works just as well if you simply take it for what it is. It's got one of Cage's best performances, it's got Scorsese in a phenomenal mode that is unlike anything else I've seen by him and it's got one of the best soundtracks out there. Really, every song is great and is a perfect fit. The lighting is also a highlight in this film. It makes…

  • Serpico

    Serpico 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2015

    Probably the best combination of hair and beard ever put on screen. And Pacino's wardrobe in this? That's 5 stars alone right there.

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink 1991

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2015

    A slam dunk that doesn't really feel like a slam dunk throughout its running time because it's all so quietly masterful. Then it's over and you're sitting there and you know it's a fuckin slam dunk.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2015

    I did not expect this to hold up as well as it did. Still love it. It's top 2 or 3 Nolan, maybe even my favourite of his. The performances are top notch, the story is thrilling, mysterious and twisty and the pacing is right on target. It's also amazing how well it works on rewatches, when you know how it all turns out. It hits the spot emotionally and there is enough cool ideas and tricks to keep your brain working.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jul, 2015

    Even better second time. Jake G is on fire and owns every single scene he is in. Riz Ahmed is really good as well and I absolutely love the way they play off each other. It's got one of the tightest screenplays I've seen in a long time, too. Things get rolling right out of the gate and just keep rolling at full speed.

  • Angel Heart

    Angel Heart 1987

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jul, 2015 2

    I had completely forgotten how amazing this film is. Mickey Rourke gives one of his best performances and De Niro is badass in his small role. The best thing about the film is the atmosphere. It's jazzy, dark, sweaty, grim and all those other amazing things. Locations, pacing, man, everything is spot on here.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Jul, 2015

    That ending always gets me. Tarantino can definitely write deep, emotional scenes. Don't see why that is something people criticize him for.

  • King Kong

    King Kong 2005

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jun, 2015

    Glad to see I still love this baby. It's truly epic, and it's amazing how fast the extended cut at nearly 3,5 hours flies by. Great casting, and there's a perfect mix of fun, scary, silly, sad and dramatic. Kong looks pretty good, still, believe everything he does and his fight with the T-Rex's is still badass. All the locations are spot on and the different monsters are all appropriately disgusting, menacing or crazy enough. More love for this one.

  • Moneyball

    Moneyball 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Jun, 2015 8

    Even better second time. Brad Pitt is king. As subtle as he needs to be, he says everything there is to say. Great ending too. Miller kind of makes greatness out of all kinds of small situations that don't have to mean anything big, or that wouldn't mean anything in the hands of other directors.