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  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Dawson City: Frozen Time

    ★★★★★

    Your heart can’t help but break a little when you find out how many hundreds, if not thousands, of silent films were dumped into the river, or thrown onto bonfires once they ran out of room to store them in Dawson. Alex Somers score works perfeclty with the footage that shows the ethereal beauty of early cinema, and the rise and fall of a mining town. There’s a moment midway through that builds to a crescendo of human movement, exploration and activity that simply transcends the simplicity of just watching a documentary. Thank God this is getting a DVD/Blu release next month.

  • Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds

    ★★★★

    Definitely benefits from a rewatch and being in the right mood to get into its unique tone. Really great performances by Cooke and Joy (and Yelchin), who both have really promising futures ahead of them. Lyle Vincent’s photography is fantastic, as is Erik Friedlander’s score. Great direction and writing by Cory Finley. Quite excited to see what he comes up with next. A very impressive debut.

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you in the thickness of the black atmosphere.

    Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars post…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Finding the right person who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When the frame can be focused on a face that so clearly tells a story of its own, the symbiotic relationship between director and performer evolves beyond the expectations of standard storytelling.

    Very…