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|95 T10||Casino (1995) - Jan 06, 2010
"Goodfellas is great, but this is even better. The characters in Casino are much more interesting and fleshed out. From a motivational point of view there's really not much going on in Goodfellas beyond everyone wanting to make more money. In Casino it becomes more about power and control than just money, and the constantly shifting dynamic between Sam, Ginger, Nicky and Lester is fascinating (James Woods is brilliant too)."
|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."
|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."
|100 T10||The White Ribbon (2009) - Mar 27, 2011
"There really aren't too many films these days that pack an emotional punch like The White Ribbon does, and it does so in a nicely understated way. The film oozes confidence, technical ability and pictorial elegance from every pore; the cinematography is beautiful, the pacing is precise and each and every performance is nailed perfectly. One of the very best films of the decade, or any other decade come to that."
|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."
|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. "
|100 T10||Persona (1966) - Mar 27, 2011
"Exquisitely shot and featuring a terrifically raw performance by Bibi Andersson, this is Bergman's most concise and piercing examination of people teetering on the psychological brink. One of the most fascinating and engrossing films I've seen. "
|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. "
|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."