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  • Frank

    Frank

    ★★★½

    "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

    ★★★½

    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.