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  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    ★★½

    I’ve established that I’m not a fan of Woody Allen when he features himself in his films, and ‘Annie Hall’ is no exception. Though thankfully, it has enough charm elsewhere that I still enjoyed much of it, and I appreciated the non-linear storytelling that’s experimented with here. Some of the guest performances are really fun, specifically Carol Kane and Shelley Duvall, and it’s generally just easy to watch and interestingly edited. But at the end of it all, ‘Annie Hall’…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    Sometimes a film comes around that seems to take the world by storm, and I am left utterly puzzled as to why. ‘La La Land’ was certainly one of those films for me, since I found it to be supremely average. Impressive in a lot of areas, but distractingly subpar in others. Overall, it was just okay. For a musical, the music was almost completely forgettable. On top of that, neither Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone could sing particularly well.…

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  • Capturing the Friedmans

    Capturing the Friedmans

    ½

    In the 1980’s, father and son Arnold and Jessie Friedman are convicted of child abuse. In 2003, this documentary is released, attempting to cast doubt on their conviction. Problem is that this story isn’t ‘Paradise Lost’, and there very much is weight to the accusations against the Friedmans. The position ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ takes, however, is that ultimately this is just a nice family, and that, sure, they stored child pornography in the house, but possibly didn’t actually commit every…

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★½

    I am not a fan of Wes Anderson. I appreciate his style, though I think it’s a bit tired now, and too quirky and twee for its own good. But what I really have an issue with is his substance… because I think that behind the meticulously intricate curtain, there isn’t any. Nobody in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ has any soul, or anything that resembles an actual human being. These characters are barely characters; they’re the same detached, sombre, cynical prototype…