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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★½

    Pretty underrated as far as horror movie sequels go. There's a lot of subtle and overt clues as to what Hooper is up to here, explaining away the vile behaviours with references to the civil war, sexual repression and utopian failure. I can't tell if Dennis Hopper is underused or miscast, but I expected more from his billing. The descent into the grotesque funhouse is possibly the film's most redeeming quality however, really showcasing the set design and special effects…

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★½

    What struck me as impactful in The Innocents is the wild use of the cinematic apparatus to create a kind of dreamy dread. Superimposition (particularly a montage at the films centre that borders on hallucinogenic), sound effects and mixing, light and shadow; it all comes together in this rich tapestry that is thoroughly immersive. It's just that the actual narrative device felt flimsy, and while the film psychologically blossomed more so at the film's conclusion, I became weary and frustrated with the languid premise about halfway in. Stylistically, this is excellent, I just wish I could take a bit more away.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★½

    Either Damien Chazelle is a failed musician OR he's an old world, stodgy judge at brass band competitions who is probably also a failed musician. In reality, he's a film director and he's made one of the most frustrating films of 2014.

    Whiplash is the by-product of music being stripped of it's creativity, innovation and soul. It's a film about a young man who strives for excellence in an environment that praises technical proficiency and exactness over humanity and the…

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★★

    Destroyed me. One of those films where, after seeing it, all you can do is beat yourself up for not having seen it earlier. Scathing, joyous, reflective, reflexive. It's everything that is great about cinema, and therefore, life.