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|0 T1||Warrior (2011) - Dec 31, 2011
"Bad Rocky knock-off with characterisations straight out of CSI Miami. By the end it's unintentionally hilarious in its hysterical determination to grip you by any means possible which here, because of the writers' complete lack of imagination, means we have a series of cliches from start to finish topped off with a laughable finale. Warrior makes all the Rocky films (including the really daft one set in Russia) seem like masterpieces of gritty realism and understatement."
|95 T10||Songs from the Second Floor (2000) - Mar 27, 2011
"Some will find this style of film intolerable, but I think its languid pace, combined with its long static shots and unfeasibly long takes perfectly illustrates how insignificant an impact most of us make on the world around us, and is wonderfully effective at portraying the stultifying banality of most peoples' existence. As an added bonus it's funny too. Watching these people muddle through life's bleakness and absurdities made me smirk often, and occasionally utter a muted guffaw."
|95 T10||Kis Uykusu (2014) - Jan 12, 2015
"Ceylan's pinpoint precise compositions of the stunning winter landscapes are breathtaking to behold and are the perfect backdrop for the icy atmosphere that's slowly revealed between the main players in this broody and insightful character study. Haluk Bilginer gives a great performance and he's ably supported by Melisa Sozen and Demet Akbag who play his resentful wife and bitter sister respectively. Film of the year."
|85 T9||I Stand Alone (1998) - Feb 09, 2016
"With I Stand Alone, Gaspar Noe sets up a world that's utterly seedy and bleak, then introduces a character who leads such a grim and humourless existence that it can't fail to send the viewer into a deep funk. And then we're forced to see everything through the eyes of a protagonist that despises the whole human race. Now that's a scary position to be in, and makes this one of the more disturbing films around."
|10 T1||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - Feb 10, 2014
"The most annoying character in the Lord of The Rings trilogy was the stupid dwarf. This film is full of stupid dwarves."
|95 T10||JFK (1991) - Jan 06, 2010
"Stone's 'throw every conspiracy theory at the wall and see what sticks' approach may not score points for verisimilitude, but what JFK lacks in credibility it more than makes up for in technical mastery. The editing is astonishing, the sound design superlative, and the way it crams vast tracts of information into its running time in such an eminently understandable and compelling way is nothing short of miraculous. Performances are good across the board and the script is engaging too. Brilliant."
|100 T10||There Will Be Blood (2007) - Sep 17, 2016
"There's so much to admire about this film: The striking cinematography and deftly handled editing, the weirdly discordant score, the utterly assured direction and first-rate camerawork, and of course Daniel Day-Lewis's towering performance. This is classic, powerfully cinematic storytelling at it's finest, and I'm confident it will still be watched and analysed a hundred years from now."
|0 T1||Forrest Gump (1994) - Sep 03, 2015
"Fuck Forrest Gump, and everything it stands for. And if you stop to think about what it does stand for you may start to realise just how utterly noxious this film really is."
|0 T1||War Horse (2011) - Jan 13, 2012
"From the clumsy and overbearing music to the uneven and intrusive cinematography which mostly tries to ape the work of many John Ford classics, this is not much more than one badly thought out and embarrassing scene after another, with nary a thought given to characterisation past rough stereotyping and only a passing interest in reality."
|95 T10||Inland Empire (2006) - Mar 27, 2011
"With Inland Empire Lynch seems to have finally been able to accurately project all of his phobias, neuroses and nightmares directly onto the screen in one sprawling, disjointed, spaghetti-like opus. Once again the sound design is peerless, the visuals are shocking and Laura Dern deserves a medal for her gutsy performance. Scary stuff, and a brilliant book-end to a remarkable career that started with Eraserhead - the film with which this has the most in common."