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  • Frank



    "Frank" is an oddball comedy with consistent laughs, mixing whimsical moments with droning undertones of isolation and depression - a darker "Little Miss Sunshine" for the indie music scene. Follows a classic story structure without seeming formulaic and brings an unexpected depth to its fake-headed title character. One of the first fictional films I've seen to handle social media well, as its off-kilter characters seek connections and platforms for individual expression.

    Maggie Gyllenhall disappears into an acidic and mysterious muse…

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors


    Part of the joy of discovering this film is not knowing the rules or the structure of the piece, so try and see it without being spoiled or reading in-depth reviews. Denis Lavant should join Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix as a top contender for best performance of the year. DDL and Joaquin were rightly hailed for disappearing into their roles. Lavant disappeared into multiple roles.

  • And Everything Is Going Fine

    And Everything Is Going Fine


    Soderbergh reconstructs Spalding Gray's life story through selective editing of his monologues, workshops and interviews. A wonderful experience, and yet it feels incomplete; it's a testament to Soderbergh's respect for Gray's legendary skills as a racontour to disallow anyone else to intrude on the storytelling. But the choice leaves the final chapter somewhat unfulfilled. I understand the point he's trying to make - there is no 'explanation' that would suffice to explain Gray's suicide. But, having read Gray's unfinished manuscript…

  • A Separation

    A Separation


    Best film of 2011. Brilliantly marketed too - the trailers and title made it seem to be only about marriage drama, but, it's about so much more. I won't spoil any of the surprises. Contains the best single image of the year, too - which is quite an accomplishment going up against Malick's creation-spanning achievement.