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  • Donald Cried

    Donald Cried

    ★★★★

    Fantastic low budget debut. Absolutely dying to see what else Avedisian can do since his character is so completely formed and believable in this that it's hard to imagine him as anything but Donald. Beautifully shot too by Sam Fleischner, who also directed a terrific low budget indie called STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS in 2013 and hasn't made a follow-up yet either. This business is fucking brutal!

  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    Adored the way this was shot. The only Joe Wright film I had seen before this was DARKEST HOUR, which couldn’t have been more boringly directed. But this was splendid in every sense of the word. The scene where Darcy helps Elizabeth into the carriage and then flexes his hand IS cinema! But overall, I found Matthew MacFadyen to be severely lacking as a screen presence and actor. Hard to compete with Keira Knightley though.

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  • The Lives of Others

    The Lives of Others

    ★★

    True story:

    When this film first came out, I was in a long distance relationship and we decided to see showings of it at the same time in our separate cities as a "movie date" and call each other after to talk. I hated the film so much, I walked out after 40 minutes and patiently waited another two before calling. When I did, my girlfriend answered the phone sobbing, having been completely emotionally shattered by it. In fact, she…

  • Take the Money and Run

    Take the Money and Run

    ★★★★½

    I once won a bunch of money on a game show by debating this was the funniest movie of all time. See?