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|7 T6||Silence (2016) - Feb 19, 2017
"We now return to INAPPROPRIATE MOMENTS DURING A SCREENING OF SILENCE: 1. Elderly woman 3 seats away from me dozing off after 40 minutes and snoring like an angry T-Rex 2. Ill-bred Neanderthal behind me masticating his popcorn like a starving camel 3. Devout agnostic (read: me) struggling to stifle a laugh as Jesus' voice is heard. Not even God could come up with such a perfectly ironic scenario."
|7 T6||The Lego Batman Movie (2017) - Feb 18, 2017
"Everything is pretty okay!"
|7 T6||The Salesman (2016) - Feb 12, 2017
"If I had to compare both, I'd say Kiarostami is the more challenging filmmaker, whereas Farhadi remains the superior storyteller. His direction is also something I've come to greatly admire ever since watching About Elly for the first time. From the actor's movement to the alternation of shots and efficient camera placements - every choice appears so effortless, when in fact it's so skillful. Somewhat ruined perhaps by a lazy ending but still worth a watch for any Farhadi enthusiast."
|9 T9||American Honey (2016) - Feb 10, 2017
"A refreshingly authentic slice of teenage Americana, utterly compelling in its portrayal of a neglected youth living on the edge of the American Dream - an ideal not measured in terms of fame and fortune, but one that emphasizes community and independence gained by standing on one’s own two feet. The whole time, though, I kept waiting for that one all-encapsulating scene that would seal the deal for me, which luckily arrived by the film's ending. Loved the cast, and that soundtrack was dope!"
|5 T3||Jackie (2016) - Feb 10, 2017
"Plays more like a straight-faced SNL episode than a sobering biographical drama, a mostly frivolous affair weighed down even further by a central performance that feels more like a surface-deep impersonation than a multi-faceted characterization. Much like that annoying party guest that does not know when to leave, Mica Levi's moody yet intrusive soundtrack added nothing but bloat to the already stale proceedings. Not sure why this character deserved her own movie to begin with."
|7 T6||The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) - Feb 05, 2017
"My favourite parts of the film were Behzad's motorcycle rides with the doctor; short-lived scenes which in their brevity conveyed more truths and insights than most films do over their entire length. Unfortunately, the majority of the film left me with too much ambiguity for me to understand what happened exactly or why. Kiarostami light, if that's even a thing."
|8 T8||Moonlight (2016) - Feb 05, 2017
"I often judge a film by the number of times I check my watch during the showing of it. While the brevity of each segment leaves the film feeling somewhat slight - a longer running time would've allowed for a greater emotional connection to the character - the deliberateness and careful consideration with which Jenkins explores one man's journey of discovery, self-denial and self-acceptance kept me glued from beginning to end. Shy of greatness, yet memorable enough to warrant revisiting."
|5 T3||Sexy Beast (2001) - Feb 03, 2017
"Surprisingly dated and mostly boring heist flick, barely saved by some occasional visual flourishes. As for Kingsley's performance, I seriously don't see what's so great about it, let alone why Winstone lets him walk all over him when he could easily snap his bones like Twiglets. It literally felt like watching an indefatigable Gilbert Gottfried shit all over Tony Soprano for over an hour. Skip it, sugar. Or don't, you know, I don't give a fuck."
|9 T9||When Harry Met Sally... (1989) - Feb 01, 2017
"I don't always like romantic comedies, but when I do, oooooh. Oh God! Oh! Yes! Yes! Yes! OH GOD! YES!"
|7 T6||Manchester by the Sea (2016) - Jan 30, 2017
"Much like Lonergan's debut, this heartfelt story is filled with authentic characters and dialogue that resonate with nuance and understated pathos. Its misplaced focus, though, makes the film fall short of its intended impact, favouring Affleck's relationship with his bratty nephew and departed brother - a totally wasted Kyle Chandler - rather than his estranged ex-wife. At only 20-odd minutes, I feel Shawn Christensen's similarly themed 'Curfew' attempted the same to a more successful degree."