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  • The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    ★★★

    I suspect I'll rewatch The Death & Life of John F. Donovan in 10 years and think it is incredible. My immediate gut reaction is this is a greatest hits package of moments and feelings from Xavier Dolan's more complete films, but there is something special about it that I can't quite put my finger on right now. The performances are uniformly amazing - Portman and Sarandon especially are both perfect Dolan mums, soulfully performing characters he seemingly writes with a…

  • Benched

    Benched

    ★★★

    This is literally just 2 hours of Garret Dillahunt and John C. McGinley sitting in a baseball dugout shooting the shit. If you are a fan of those actors, then this is exactly as good as you'd expect. They talk about baseball, their wives, their jobs, their kids - all whilst coaching a bunch of little leaguers. There is nothing new on show, but it is casual, light-weight and amusing.

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★★

    Mark Zuckerberg: I'm not a bad guy.
    Marylin Delpy: I know that. When there's emotional testimony, I assume that 85% of it is exaggeration.
    Mark Zuckerberg: And the other fifteen?
    Marylin Delpy: Perjury. Creation myths need a Devil.

    To me this film is perfection, but those that dislike seem to have an issue about its accuracy. This quote is almost the perfect response, as if Sorkin expected a tiny backlash and decided to give them the finger. He is a story-teller, why can't he exaggerate the truth in order for a better story?

  • Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars

    ★★★★

    SO MANY HAPPY FEELS!

    I'm a huge Veronica Mars fan and I've been patiently waiting for the day it'd return in any form. The fact it is a film and not a book or a comic is perfect and I'm stoked this played a one-off session in my city. As one can imagine it was a huge night for fans and the cinema was sold out full of people rocking Veronica Mars shirts and shouting famous lines before the film…