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  • You're Not You

    You're Not You 2014

    ★★★ Watched 26 Mar, 2015

    You're Not You is a fairly standard disease-based drama that never aspires to be anything more, with all the benefits and shortcomings that description implies. It starts off roughly, with the script's tendency to reduce characters to binary conceptions or broad concepts at its worst. As it goes on, though, the characters deepen both in their relationship to each other and in their individual characterisations. There are still missteps, especially in the sometimes clunky direction, but the film becomes gradually…

  • Somewhere

    Somewhere 2010

    ★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2015

    As an object, Somewhere is fascinating. It presents Sofia Coppola's previous themes - its plot about a celebrity's personal crisis explicitly calls Lost in Translation to mind - in a manner that is so determined not to be conventionally appealing that it's hard not to admire in some way. It's impossible to deny the film's craft, as Harris Savides' cinematography deftly conveys the film's themes, starting with an extended shot of a car repeatedly going around a track. Coppola's images…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2013 2

    The only sequel I've ever seen that not only betters the original, but also makes the original better in retrospect. Linklater brings his usual excellent sense of time and place to Before Sunset, and the second encounter between Celine and Jesse is even more poignant than the first.

    Hawke is just as excellent here as he is in the first: he's fantastic with the dialogue, but my favourite moment of his performance is on the boat, with Hawke watching Delpy…

  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 May, 2013 3

    There's been enough commentary on The Shining that nobody needs to hear my thoughts. So I'll just say that Duvall is absolutely brilliant in it, despite her reputation, and leave it at that. (A-)