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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

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  • A Prophet

    A Prophet

    ★★★

    Meh. Jacques Audiard is not a filmmaker that I'm familiar with, but A Prophet, the first film that I've seen from him is lacklustre, harmless and so incredibly middle of the road. And considering the plaudits it has been getting, it doesn't live up to that status. The first half-an-hour is fantastic, leading up to Malik's, the lead character, first murder. The tension, character building, the oppressive atmosphere, it rings so true to the prison aesthetic. Honestly, that first 30…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica #98 - Skeletor's Leaning Tower of Rocks

    La La Land is the cinematic equivalent of this part from a YMS video. Harsh much? Well, I don't think it's harsh enough. What I mean is that the first act is insanely fun, breezy and beautiful. But by the 40-minute mark, the film collapses thanks to its tired nostalgic leanings and its own shallow content and characters. Whiplash is a film that I adore and Chazelle is someone…

  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★½

    Week #2 of Film School Drop Outs Challenge 2017 - Silent Comedy Icons, Charlie Chaplin

    My list | Original list

    One of my biggest cinematic ignorances is my avoidance of the late, great Charlie Chaplin and his films. And for a while, I couldn't quite put my finger on why I hadn't seen many of them, aside from the odd short here and there. I don't have a vendetta against him, in fact, he has been more an icon that…