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  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

    Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

    ★★★½

    Clever. A better grasp on postmodern irony than most contemporary films attempting the same thing, and this was made in the damn 50s. Everyone's a product to be bought and sold within the film narrative, yet Tashlin goes one level higher with his meta use of Tony Randall as himself, before even making room to take a few shots at the cinema's great rival of the time, TV. So basically, a film about the follies of advertising becomes an advertisement…

  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★★

    Watch the dying sun bleed spectacularly. This is pretty great, tragic in its depiction of natural swelterings of feeling forever dooming us. How many odd coincidences have altered our lives so dramatically, how many swings of fate have led us away from the path we set for ourselves? A film that could only really be American, somehow, perhaps the tragedy is less singular and more overarching that such potential is constantly wasted by rigid systems and contrived social structure. Kind…

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  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck

    ★★★★½

    The Rolling Stone quote on the poster claims it's "the most intimate rock doc ever." They're probably right. If I had to describe Cobain: Montage Of Heck in one word, I'd say - heartbreaking. Whether you're a fan of Nirvana or not is pretty much irrelevant, because this isn't about the band or Kurt's career, it's about him as a person. A man with a troubled soul that couldn't get out of his own head, who didn't want to be…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    Fincher continues to cement his god-like status with another astoundingly brilliant dark, complex mystery full of malice, beauty and topped off by some incredible acting. There's nothing specific I can pinpoint to say why this film is so amazing, because everything about it is stupendous. The narrative twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. The directing is, of course, excellent and, combined with the superb lighting (Fincher's love of yellow is on full display) and haunting soundtrack, gives off this…