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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★

    Empty and arresting visual spectical combined with artsy nationalism with a slavish fondness for men looking out into the distance of screen. Not only his weakest use of narrative manipulation but my least favourite film of his yet. Kenneth branaghn , how low you have fallen!

  • Chasing Coral

    Chasing Coral

    A in your face example of a call-to-inaction . Like other global warming docs, there's plenty of science and an engrossing visual plethora of examples, but no feasible actionable result. It strikes me that promotional spread-the-word features , which are action-lite , require a simple human intervention . It's clear in blackfish what the purpose of the narrative is. It's clear what outcome it desires. Chasing Coral stumbles deeply in this regard by not correlating outcome with regard to narrative.…

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  • Django

    Django

    ★★★★★

    Holy Fuck! If there is a cooler film than this I'd be gobsmacked (If any I'd suspect the French, 'Here's lookin at u Melville'). I don't think the film could have been more tailor made for entertaining me with the blending of the bloody Italian horror aesthetic and western genre that I've slowly begun to become familiar with. I do seriously think that my learners knowledge of 30-40-50s westerns and Italian film played a seriously big part in appreciating it…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Whiplash (my pic for this years best) captured and took me for a ride very similar to how Gravity managed to, it was so engaging and investing that it's percussive tremors completely infected my day afterwards. I found many other similarities with Gravity beyond the cinematic experience, such as the relatively straightforward story that focuses around the 'simplicity' of its elements. Where here Teller's Neimann cuts near everything of his life to achieve his focused goal and confrontationally appease his…