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  • Frank 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2014

    Cleverly transitions from a quirky comedy with dark undercurrents to a more sombre consideration of its premise without betraying the audience. Fassbender's great, even with the head, conveying Frank's instability and his magnetism in the same breath, and bringing an unpredictable live-wire energy to a film that would collapse without him. (B)

  • Funny People 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2014

    It feels a little insane for me to rate Funny People this highly, especially since I feel so indifferent about The 40 Year Old Virgin, which had a much better reception. Funny People even features the same flaws as Apatow's other productions, primarily the overindulgence in improvisation leading to a bloated running time. There are scenes - even entire subplots - that feel like they could be cut out of the film, and it looks insanely flabby when compared to…

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  • 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 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-)