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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Before Sunrise
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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  • To Be or Not to Be

    ★★★★

  • Blood Simple

    ★★★½

  • The Odd Couple

    ★★★

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★★

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Second watch - up to 5*. Effectively a perfect film in terms of its technical composition: the score, cinematography, acting, writing, and direction are all flawless. But that’s to be expected of this film, and something that I found true if my first viewing.

    So what pulls it over the edge? Partly it has to be my greater understanding of film as an art form, as well as extended knowledge on American history thanks to a particularly enlightening module on…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    Wow, what a step-up from Hard Eight. Boogie Nights thrives in almost all aspects, with Anderson using his camera as an enabler to view the world close-up, utilising long tracking shots to immerse us in the cultural boom. The characters form a fantastic dynamic, and PTA harnesses them together magnificently. He’s working with a lot of components here, but they merge in an wondrously coherent manner. The scenes move quickly, bursting with vivacious energy, and Anderson finds great strength in…

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  • To Be or Not to Be

    To Be or Not to Be

    ★★★★

    Just an all-round barrel of good humour and wit, made even more so by a tightly woven script, and hilarious running gags. Daring and bold filmmaking in a time of serious danger to make satire - a real testament to all involved for their ambition and execution.

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★½

    Has many of the Coens’ now-staples; clearly a conceptual easel for their later films. Still, tense as anything, and well-edited.

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    Genuinely some of the most staggering animation I’ve ever seen.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    There are singular moments, plotted deftly in the opening act of Interstellar, that mean nothing at the time; merely a motion or an action that can be disregarded straight afterwards. But they’re not completely forgotten. 

    Chris Nolan throws us into a world with no context. It’s Kubrickian-esque: he presents us with a scenario and we just have to accept everything that is shown to us. It’s like a shadow. He conceals information - letting us ponder on its meaning, speculating its place…