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|95 99%||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 99%||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 17%||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. "
|95 99%||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."
|10 5%||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."
|50 25%||The Thin Red Line (1998) - Jan 06, 2016
""Okay boys, we have to take that bunker! Now it's not gonna be easy, but rest assured - oh look, a turtle". "
|100 99%||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 2%||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."
|40 17%||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. "
|65 42%||Whiplash (2014) - Jan 06, 2015
"This could have been an absorbing portrait of the student-teacher dynamic, or maybe an intelligent rumination on the nature of creativity, or the abuse of power, but instead it heads off into 'Rocky' territory where merely wanting something badly enough and having a good work ethic guarantees results in the end - the most prevalent and tired theme in all of American mainstream films. Simmons is brilliant though."