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  • Terms of Endearment

    Terms of Endearment


    Somehow rises above its ostensibly melodramatic plot to become something genuinely human and affecting. Brooks’ directing is tight and snappy, making the sudden leaps through time feel pacy and fresh instead of disjointed. I especially like how certain huge landmarks in life - getting married, having kids, etc - that would usually be the centrepiece of a film happen very early on here. Brooks then gets to explore the deeper facets of life, that people continue to evolve, relationships perpetually…

  • The China Syndrome

    The China Syndrome


    70s slow burn paranoia fest with nervous Jack Lemmon, determined Jane Fonda and pissed off Michael Douglas. Scary in its stark depiction of shadowy figures in positions of power willing to resort to slander and murder in order to save face and a buck or two. Even scarier is how willing ordinary people are to help them. The pregnant silence at the end; will what preceded it lead to the downfall of evil or be just a lowly cry into the empty night?

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  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck


    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…