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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Before Sunrise
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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  • Mirror

    ★★★½

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★★

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

  • Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★★

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  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    ★★★★★

    Amadeus is one of those rare films that you don’t watch, but experience. Telling the story of the fictional rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, Milos Forman’s Best Picture Oscar-winning epic is, well rather epic. It’s grandiose both in its ambition and execution. Every single element is absolutely flawless - the pacing is immaculate (I watched the 3 hour Director’s Cut and it didn’t drag at all); the performances - Tom Hulce is indelibly charming as the goofy…

  • Decalogue I

    Decalogue I

    ★★★★★

    “I am the Lord thy god; you shall have no other gods before me” 

    Decalogue I is almost unfathomably brilliant, a truly fantastic hour coming from the mind of one of Poland’s finest, Kieślowski. A fantastic introduction into the Decalogue series, this first film explores the sanctity of God and worship. Here, the Kieślowskian narrative focusses on science, and the idolisation of it over worship. Where scientific reason is a devout path followed by Krzysztof and Paweł, religion carries Irena,…

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★★

    Second watch - certified masterpiece. Propels itself straight into my top 5 OAT. A visual delight, but a genuinely thought-provoking and enchanting film. I’m a sucker for the theatre so this screams at me on all levels, plus the whole one-take gimmick is beautifully orchestrated; Chivo deserves the world. Michael Keaton is on a career best here, as is Ed Norton - I still prefer Stone’s The Favourite performance, however. But seriously, this is jaw-droppingly excellent.

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

    Sheer brilliance in the way that it constantly keeps you on your toes, watching Matt Damon come tantalisingly close to revealing his secret at various points. A feature of distinct charm and elegance.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    There are singular moments, plotted deftly in the opening act of Interstellar, that mean nothing at the time; merely a motion or an action that can be disregarded straight afterwards. But they’re not completely forgotten. 

    Chris Nolan throws us into a world with no context. It’s Kubrickian-esque: he presents us with a scenario and we just have to accept everything that is shown to us. It’s like a shadow. He conceals information - letting us ponder on its meaning, speculating its place…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Unrelenting tension throughout, Chazelle’s Whiplash is a fine achievement in character based work. There’s a certain pace to the film that feels so fresh and invigorating. The mimesis cannot be overlooked - it’s not by chance that a film about drumming is so quick paced in its editing and structure. Scenes cascade together; every moment is individually engrossing and breathtaking. The music sequences are handled so well, in particular. The fluidity in the camera movement coupled with the free flowing…