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  • Safe

    Safe 1995

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Feb, 2016 3

    Fascinating film. It moves very slowly but then here and there are scenes that are haunting, way more scary than I had thought. It is very effective, mostly due to Moore's performance and Haynes's direction, which creates an atmosphere unlike anything else out there.

  • Poison

    Poison 1991

    ★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2016

    It's quite well-made, the intercutting between the three stories and formats, in some way without me knowing quite how or if they are even meant to be connected. My favourite part was the horror story, which really captured classic horror films from the 50s. Interesting start to Todd Haynes.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2016 4

    It never clicked for me. Gotta make me feel the weight of these choices and these events, and I just did not in 'Brooklyn'.

  • Grosse Pointe Blank

    Grosse Pointe Blank 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2016 4

    It's really fun but very uneven as well. John Cusack is great, the soundtrack is pretty awesome and I love the way the violence is played against the general tone of the film.

  • La Strada

    La Strada 1954

    ★★★ Watched 13 Feb, 2016 2

    I really struggle to engage with Fellini films. They're well made, but it's so hard to latch onto anything emotionally in his films. The ending did kind of deliver, though, which is why I'll go with a positive rating.

  • Ashes of Time

    Ashes of Time 1994

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2016

    It is absolutely beautiful to look at, a gorgeous film. It's pretty hard to follow at times, but it seems like it's not always meant to make sense. It's an experience and it's a pretty good experience at that.

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2016

    Carey Mulligan and Mathias Schoenaerts are why you should watch this, though I will say one needs to really be okay with period pieces as this one is full on classic period drama. Mulligan is really wonderful, though.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool 2016

    ★★ Watched 11 Feb, 2016 4

    I'd be lying if I said that I didn't laugh at stuff in this, but I couldn't tell you a single joke that I laughed at. It's all so incredibly forgettable. There's fun here and there, but only in the moment when you're feeling the theatre feel it and you're game for a couple laughs. You're also looking for those laughs so you can't help find a couple, but the more I think about the film the more it annoys…

  • Trumbo

    Trumbo 2015

    ★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2016 4

    It's not bad, just bland. A little theatrical but if you're on board for that it's decent.

  • 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.

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016

    It's a beautiful-looking film, but it kept me at a little bit of a distance. There are many great scenes here - anything with Peter Falk is grand - but it feels a little cold. Whether by design or not, it still didn't click with me as much as I had hoped.

  • 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.