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  • Ordinary People 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Oct, 2014

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

  • Don't Look Now 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014

    Stylistically and thematically cohesive, with the genre elements aiming more to unsettle than scare, while never losing sight of the characters at the centre of the narrative and the struggles they face in the wake of losing their child. The story is slight, but criticising Roeg's film on those terms would be an oversight, as it is clear from the opening scene that the moody, confused atmosphere is more of a priority than narrative incident. Even so, the film eventually…

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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-)