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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

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

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film that resonates with me like no other. In what it represents as a piece about storytelling, legacy, memory, trust in your companions, and an unwavering desire to strive for the best, it is unmatched. It embodies a sense of urgency about the lives that were lived before ours that we might not usually consider. A reflection on how we might build up the events in our own lives to be grandiose affairs. To…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    What an apt title. This film just took a scalpel to the most sensitive areas of my sensibilities and didn't stop. I can't recall such a surreal experience that at the same time has large strokes of haunting familiarity. In the words of James Hurley, "it all makes some kind of terrible sense".

    Despite the inherent alien nature, there are entire layers of unstated understanding. Without a single line of expository dialogue the most impactful beats occur through raw imagery…

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely electric. Front to back it never falters. Perfectly encapsulates what I love about film. Moments of elevated reality. Characters start a move in one location, and finish it in another. Transitions between certain scenes feel like magic. Total theatrics on display, while taking full advantage of the medium of film.

    In terms of scope it is vast yet engaging on every level. It somehow finds the balance between everything it attempts to do. A fresh retelling of a story…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    Still trying to get my head round the one time some guy on reddit told me this had a happy ending.

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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    I can undoubtedly say the Coens are becoming my favourite filmmakers. Every scene Pitt is in, hell, every line he delivers is outright hilarious. The scene with him and Malkovich in the car alone is one of the funniest things I've seen in a film. Will rewatch this one for years to come.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    I was a little worried, this being Wright's first "straight" film, that it'd be a bit too tame and generic. I really need to have more faith. This came from a mind that loves cinema and music, and in terms of spectacle, it delivers on almost every level. I only wish the romance and love interest were a little more developed. If you want a film with great music and incredibly engaging camera work and editing, forget La La Land, this is what you're looking for.