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  • The Lost Weekend

    The Lost Weekend 1945

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2015

    One of Wilder's less known films, but no less well-crafted. It again tackles one of the foremost social issues of the day, alcoholism, without being preachy at all. Delving into Don's psyche was harrowing, but something I could really relate to and sympathize with. Strong characters all around, and one of the most real depictions of alcoholism, and the support system needed. If I had to criticize it, it was that the ending was a tad abrupt. But that detracts little from a fine film.

  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods 2014

    ★★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2015

    Into the Woods turns out to be suitably meh, but it still had little moments of sparkle. My favourite numbers are the widely praised (and rightfully so) 'Agony', 'On The Steps of the Palace', and 'Giants in the Sky'.

    I've loved Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick for a long time now, and their presence in any film undoubtedly makes it more enjoyable. But I was also surprised by Daniel Huttlestone - the fantastic Gavroche in Tom Hooper's Les Mis -,…

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  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Exit Through the Gift Shop 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    It's confounding. It's thought-provoking. It's unexpected. All the things a good documentary should be.

    Makes you think about what art is; where do you draw the line between creativity and delusion? What makes art?

    The documentary in itself is nothing like what I've watched before. It takes your preconceived notions and flips it on your head. Extraordinary.

    I'm still blown away, speechless really.

    "I think the joke is on... I don’t know who the joke is on, really. I don’t even know if there is a joke."

  • Half Nelson

    Half Nelson 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2012

    Ryan Gosling gives a layered performance in a role that hints at the potential he showed fully in Drive. Doing so much with so little, Gosling lays bare the empty life of a drug addict struggling to get by. Shareeka Epps matches him brilliantly as the guarded young girl who won't take no for an answer. Unwittingly discovering Gosling's character Dan Dunne's secret, she ends up being the one holding him up, rather than the other way around. Their chemistry…