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  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 May, 2015

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

    It Follows is the first movie I've seen three times in theatres. It's not my favourite movie, or the best, but something keeps pulling me back to it. At the very least, it's the best crafted horror film I can think of in at least the last decade - the score effortlessly positions the viewer to expect a throwback slasher film, and the cinematography embodies the unease that defines its tone. The production design and costuming elements are impressive as…

  • Gone Baby Gone

    Gone Baby Gone 2007

    ★★½ Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    Ben Affleck's competent direction does nothing to raise his material above the level a typical episode of CSI. The structure heightens that feeling, almost seeming like a two-part episode of television, with an awkward voiceover suturing the halves together. However, the content in the back end is much more compelling on a thematic level, even if it lacks the energy of the more straightforward procedural that unfolds in the first half. There's a casual realism to Affleck's approach that is…

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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-)