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  • Why I Never Became a Dancer

    Why I Never Became a Dancer

    ★★★★½

    Tracey Emin does the unthinkable, and decides to "air her dirty laundry" so to speak. Following a mixture of archival footage and harrowing voice-over, the intimate details of her childhood take over, as we are given an insight toward a situation most of us are alien to. One of the most inspirational aspects follows the beautiful cinematography by Emin herself, where she contrast greatly with the juxtaposed situation. By accentuating the beauty in the bad, we are gifted a lovely…

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    ★★★★★

    Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin is based upon the award winning book of the same name; which follows a mother and her son, in which they find themselves struggling to find a medium between them, which ultimately ends to a psychopathic ending. Ramsay is a master of visual metaphors, which this film is certainly not lacking in. All aspects of the mise-en-scene is precisely plotted, in which the majority of plot and thought provocation is addressed. The…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky's timeless classic that is Stalker follows a small group of men who head into what is known as "the zone"; in hope that they will come face to face with what they truly seek out of life. Aesthetic is key to the films narrative, as the possible metaphor that is reality in Russia is seen through a green/grey camera, in which their is little hope. Yet this is juxtaposed with the incredulous beauty that the zone has to…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is often involved, when in conversation about the horror or thriller genre. Following a small family that have been gifted the privilege to take care of a hotel during winter, whilst also focusing on personal goals; they soon realise that their is more involved then previously thought of. Much like other pieces of cinema, The Shining is based upon the best selling book by Stephen King. From the very opening establishing shot, Kubrick instantly places us…