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|95 T10||Winter Sleep (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."
|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||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."
|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||Aparajito (1956) - Oct 14, 2016
"In my view this is the best film of the Apu trilogy. The dynamics between Apu and his mother are fascinating, as we recognise his abandonment of her will probably be the death of her, but also know that he must leave her in order to experience all the world has to offer. The scenes of his enlightenment far from their provincial village are bracing, and Ray captures the almost limitless potential of youth perfectly. Masterful filmmaking."
|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."
|40 T2||Inside Out (2015) - Jan 15, 2016
"Here's what really happened: Riley's parents were notorious drug dealers back in Minnesota but the Feds were closing in on them, so they sold all their furniture, skipped town and headed off to San Francisco to set up a meth lab. Figuring all the upheaval would make the obnoxiously upbeat Riley jittery they decided to switch her from Lithium to Valium, but the meds got mixed up in the move and they ended up giving her the DMT they had stashed in the glovebox for a special occasion. Poor Riley. "
|40 T2||Son of Saul (2015) - Apr 08, 2016
"Great filmmaking ruined by an idiotic premise. A man in Auschwitz putting himself and everyone around him in mortal danger to find a rabbi in order to bury some random dead kid is beyond absurd. After a while I was willing Saul to do everyone a favour and just catch a bullet. You'd think he'd have more important things to worry about but no, Saul (or 'that daft twat' as I came to think of him) carries on with his nitwit plan to the bitter end. Such a waste. "
|0 T1||Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Mar 04, 2014
"I can't think of any reason this films existence can be justified other than as some sort of torture device. Put it on repeat and leave your prisoner in front of it for half a day and you'll have your information."
|95 T10||The Turin Horse (2011) - Oct 16, 2011
"What a beautiful, hypnotic film. The cinematography is breathtaking and the sound design is phenomenal. You may not have 'fun' watching this - the themes are bleak and the pacing is glacial, but if you open yourself to the experience it's one you'll not quickly forget."