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  • Whiplash



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The film is a single-minded demonstration of the line from Citizen Kane that "it's no trick to make a lot of money, if all you want to do is make a lot of money", or become a world-class jazz drummer, as the case may be.

    The disappointment in watching the film is that these two characters, with identical philosophies about greatness, are never challenged to reexamine their beliefs when there are so many counter-arguments to be made. For starters they…

  • The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Bourne Identity

    I think of this as one of the first films to adopt the style of storytelling made popular by the TV show 24. Without going so far as to flash a clock on screen it gives the impression of events unfolding in real time. From the moment when Jason steps off the boat the film lasts three days, so clearly it is not real time, but the feeling of relentless progress is always there. Part of it…

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  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Four Weddings and a Funeral


    If genres were only as good their weakest film the British romantic comedy would be king. I've never had a bad experience.

    Enter Four Weddings and a Funeral starring the Cal Ripkin Jr of rom-coms, Hugh Grant. Noteworthy for his long and excellent career, high calibre performance, and terrific timing. Few actors get such big laughs with so little effort. In this film his character, Charles, is surrounded by many other capable comedic actors and Andie MacDowell (the separation there…

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas


    I didn't get The Fountain the first time I saw it either. Now I keep it in my top 100 and chip away at putting it all together. That's a long term project, and I make a bit of progress with each viewing. Perhaps that sounds like odious work, and if the film had nothing else to offer but a singular grand message it would be. But one does not need to know the interaction of every thread in a…