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  • Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Mar, 2014

    Perfectly cast and performed; most of the characters are little more than one-note caricatures, but that hardly matters when the first half in particular is so funny. My usual issues with the Coens never seemed to apply here, and I found this to be their most purely entertaining movie on a character level, with the loose, episodic narrative and structural games just an added bonus. The whole movie hangs on Oscar Isaac, playing a more caustic equivalent to Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha, perfectly managing audience sympathy and frustration in a similar manner. (B+)

  • California Suite 1978

    Watched 21 Feb, 2014

    I try not to harp too much on the Oscars, but this may be the worst Oscar-nominated script I've seen. Entirely disjointed, unfunny and uninteresting, with occasional flashes of anything compelling being smothered within seconds. (D+)

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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-)