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  • Beastie Boys Story

    Beastie Boys Story

    ★★★★

    Typically, the signs of an outstanding documentary are when it transcends its core audience, and while the Beastie Boys Story doesn't quite do that, it does give a broader opportunity to see a live event that was unable to be seen otherwise by the vast majority of people. It's an account of the band's journey from it's surviving members, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, and there's a comfortable aura from both the stage and the audience who acknowledge admiringly to…

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★½

    Unmistakably inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Assistant is the narrative feature debut from documentary filmmaker Kitty Green. It begins with recent graduate Jane (Julia Garner) arriving early to an office which could easily be Miramax in its early days and takes place during a single day as she gradually begins to suspect that her boss may be abusing females. Told entirely from Jane's point of view, with her boss a figure in the background, it additionally calls attention…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    Sergio Leone gives rise to a rich assortment of themes in Once Upon a Time in America along with producing one of the most impressive American gangster films of all time. Robert De Niro’s tormented portrayal of Noodles is one tinged with shame and the damage suffered during his youth, and the principle of a man reflecting upon his life choices shares many themes which Martin Scorsese explores with him in The Irishman. The construction of the film forms like…

  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★½

    The outstanding performance from Daniel Day-Lewis as William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting together with the fabulous costume and set design and the attention to detail given to the dialects of its characters heightens the overall disappointment that the core narrative of Gangs of New York is just so uninteresting, and contains no meaningful character development. Based on the nineteen twenty-seven non-fiction book by Herbert Asbury, the film includes a variety of subplots which are not examined in any significant way,…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 is an emotionally harrowing and memorable experience. It’s a movie in which Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) utilises long takes to give the impression of it being one continuous shot, as opposed to an authentic one-shot movie such as Sebastian Schipper’s magnificent Victoria. The trick/gimmick very quickly becomes subordinate however as the story itself is so absorbing, but it’s nonetheless an extraordinary feat, and the crew spent months harmonising shots and sequences so that everything would be…

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★½

    Renowned not just as Hitchcock's first colour film, but one which is additionally significant by being edited to come across as a single shot through the manipulation of long takes. Ostensibly taking place in real-time, and based on Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play which explores the nonfiction case where two men killed a person as an academic exercise, it's the screenplay which propels the action here more than Hitchcock’s typical formalistic camerawork, and the stylistic editing bestows the film with an…