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  • Too Late

    Too Late

    ★★★★

    Wow. An effective stylistic take with many a homage but a strong sense of itself peeking through. A rich character filled ensemble with Hawkes excellently bridging of the narrative together, and visual style takes a bit of flare and impressively runs with it putting it to good use. Slightly deflated , slightly too thin, and heavy on the influence could turn off some but considering it's conception it's excellent work and a strong modern retro take.

  • The Way

    The Way

    ★★★★

    A soul refilling journeyman's film, restoring sentiment with earnest feeling and honest inspiration. At times over burdened with imagery and hand leading emotion, an example being the needless Estevez ghosting, I still found myself engrossed in the spirit of the film, it's myriad of pilgrims and the history/legacy of the walk itself.

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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…