notacrook

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Favourite film: Mulholland Dr.
Favourite director: Kubrick (unoriginal, I know)
Favourite actor: Joaquin Phoenix
Favourite actress: Nicole Kidman

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  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★½

    Highly interesting, disturbing and timely subject matter, with some stats and viewpoints that are both deeply shocking and not surprising in the least. Unfortunately, it's all undercut by the laughably awful dramatisation scenes, which turn a gripping, important doc into a bit of a muddled mess. Still, it did give me quite a bit to think about.

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★½

    Pretty major disappointment, unfortunately. Having freshly finished the (very good) book, I couldn't wait to see how Campos - who's proved himself a pretty solid filmmaker in the past - would tackle such a dark, uncompromising tale. However, his adaptation loses pretty much all of the book's savage bite, and while I appreciated that it generally stayed very faithful to its source material, it all too often felt like Campos was just blandly going through each story beat, with very…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Every so often a film comes along that knocks you off your feet, and reminds you of the greatness that can be achieved through the art of cinema. Sure that sounds cheesy and bombastic, but it truly applies to 'Moonlight', a movie of such immense power and raw humanity that it's impossible to escape or forget.

    In every single way, this is a perfect film. Even some of my all-time favorites have elements that I feel could be improved somehow.…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    The ever-masterful Lynne Ramsay has crafted a gritty, brutal and tight 90 minute gut-punch of a film with You Were Never Really Here. Her typically uncompromising directorial style is a perfect fit with the crime-thriller genre, and her vision combined with a bruising, all-in performance from Joaquin Phoenix (for my money, the best actor working today) inevitably makes for a potent piece of filmmaking. It's a storm of violence and rage, all stemming from a lead character utterly consumed by…