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  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★★

    I’d seen a lot of images from this movie posted on my Instagram feed recently so decided to give it a shot.

    The film is split into three ‘acts’, focusing first on Ryan Gosling’s character, then Bradley Cooper’s and finally the sons of Gosling and Cooper 15 years later.

    I loved the first and last of the three acts, full of excitement, drama, and fantastic cinematography. But Cooper’s storyline, although interesting to a degree, doesn’t compare with the rest of the film.

    The middle of the movie doesn’t let it down completely, but prevents this from being a 9 or even a 10.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    This shows Adam Sandler can act. It’s a shame he’s restricted himself to shitty comedy movies in recent times, when in fact he can pull it out of the bag just like this.

    Uncut Gems is a huge build up of anxiety from start to finish, (aided by the chaotic 80s-style synth score throughout) with the climax of the movie being utterly brilliant.

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    This film may have one of the best casts ever assembled. Every character is unique and has their individual tropes and backgrounds, and each are played and portrayed incredibly well. 

    It could have easily fell into the classic repetitive whodunnit narrative, and it does make you feel like it may be doing just that at times. But then it will suddenly flip that on its head completely in the next scene with a twist or a revelation. 

    I loved the…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This totally baffled me, and it was actually so difficult to even come up with a rating or even a review for this movie. 

    I’d watched this a few days ago not knowing too much but was excepting one of Lynch’s best, and that’s what I got. 

    It completely reels you in to a false sense of security and makes you think one thing whilst something completely the opposite is actually happening. 

    The ‘reveal’ or ‘twist’ (if you can call…