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  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★★

    A bittersweet finale. A build up of 18 years. 18 years has passed since Jesse and Celine locked eyes on that train, a unfamiliar sensation surging through their body. They were young and foolish. We’ve watched them grow; first, into 30-year olds, unsatisfied with their lives; and secondly, into 40-year olds, together at last but without a true feeling of completeness. Before Midnight is a flawless snapshot of Jesse and Celine’s life, 9 years on from the last film. Great…

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Enchantingly beautiful in practically every element, Linklater's Before Sunset feels far more grounded than the original. Gone is the night of their youth; a night for Jesse and Celine that was so flawless that they've been basking in its perfection for 9 years. They've matured, time has paid its toll and the gritty realism of life has come into full effect. They've changed but they're clinging to the past, trying to maintain a vivid memory. A memory where they could…

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  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★½

    3rd watch solidifies its 4.5* rating. Initial reactions - when I was young and foolish - were immensely positive, falling in love with Ledger’s performance and the incredible action and dialogue. Now, I find myself critiquing other aspects of the film; albeit, I must say, Ledger as Joker is still as spellbinding as when I first watched. The Dark Knight is a fantastic film in many aspects. I’ve been lauding its cinematography, writing and acting (well, most of the performances)…

  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    ★★★★

    Absolutely no recollection of practically anything that happened; perhaps I convinced myself I had watched it? Anyway, my main point is: this was a new watch (kind of). And, it was good. Fascinating outlook on Batman’s origin; Nolan’s devotion to character-based shenanigans is a bold way to revitalise the character in cinema, but it worked. There’s some excellent set-pieces to accompany it and the overall story is extremely well done. Production design is exceptional at fabricating a murky Gotham, a…

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  • Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society

    ★★★★½

    Primarily, a film about importance. It’s important to have passion; it’s important not to be oppressed by external forces, determining your individual choices; and, most notably, it’s important to have people around you who support your loves. Dead Poet’s Society contains delicate bonds between the characters and delivers a wholesome aura of camaraderie, catalysed by Robin Williams’ emphatic performance as John Keaton. It’s gracious and flows through numerous emotions. A little gem of a film.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Unrelenting tension throughout, Chazelle’s Whiplash is a fine achievement in character based work. There’s a certain pace to the film that feels so fresh and invigorating. The mimesis cannot be overlooked - it’s not by chance that a film about drumming is so quick paced in its editing and structure. Scenes cascade together; every moment is individually engrossing and breathtaking. The music sequences are handled so well, in particular. The fluidity in the camera movement coupled with the free flowing…