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Films I Saw This Week (24/08/2015)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Is The Grand Budapest Hotel the best film Wes Anderson has made? Quite possibly. Though not as instantly cool and iconic as The Royal Tenenbaums, on second watch The Grand Budapest Hotel is perhaps the funniest, certainly the most heartfelt film he’s made to date. A madcap caper movie following …

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Films I Saw This Week (17/08/2015)

Welcome to Me (2015) As a mentally ill lottery winner who buys airtime for her own TV show, Kristen Wiig gives one of the best performances of her career. Equal parts pathetic and sympathetic, Wiig nails the fast/loose talking, narcissistic side of Borderline Personality Disorders. Unfortunately, the film never quite lives up to her performance. …

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Films I Saw This Week (10/08/2015)

Inside Out (2015) The best Pixar film since Toy Story 3 and the unlikely-to-be-topped film of 2015, Inside Out is the magic combination of big laughs, gorgeous animation and devastating emotion we haven’t seen from Pixar in years. Focusing on 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and the five emotions– Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis …

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Films I Saw This Week (13/07/2015)

Dear White People (2015) My new pick for best film of 2015, Justin Simien’s satirical comedy drama Dear White People is a sharp, hilarious, and depressingly relevant look at modern racial identity. Focusing on the events leading up to a riot in a stuffy All-American college, Dear White People succeeds partly because of the on-point …

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Films I Saw This Week (29/06/2015)

  Filth (2013) Jon S. Baird’s Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth does an excellent job of showing just how terrific Trainspotting is; whereas Trainspotting took deplorable characters and situations and turned them into pitch perfect black comedy, Filth struggles wildly to find the right tone. Fortunately, Baird just about pulls it off. Despite a chaotic middle …

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Films I Saw This Week (22/06/2015)

Inherent Vice (2015) Some people will love Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and its crazy characters, complex plot, and bizarre sense of humour. Some people will hate it, for all the same reasons. I find myself hovering somewhere in the middle. There’s plenty to like about the film; Joaquin Phoenix is once again terrific as …

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Films I Saw This Week 01/06/2015

Ex Machina (2015) If it wasn’t for Black Mirror’s ‘Be Right Back’, Ex Machina could easily be described as ‘Charlie Brooker meets Her’. Sci-fi writer Alex Garland makes a bold debut with the story of Domnhall Gleeson’s Caleb, a search engine coder who wins the chance to stay at boss Oscar Isaac’s dream home/research facility. …

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Films I Saw This Week 25/05/2015

Chef (2014) The term ‘food porn’ has never been more appropriate than Jon Favreau’s Chef, in which the actor-director stars as the titular cook who takes his young son on a country-wide food truck tour to rediscover his passion for food. Favreau is great as the absent father trying to connect with his son, while …

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Films I Saw This Week 18/05/15

Girlhood (2015) French director Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood holds a very rare distinction; it is home to the very best portrayal of teenagers and teenage life I have ever seen in a film. You won’t find any ‘LOL’ texts or pop culture references here, just the real emotions, fears, insecurities, and joys of teenagers. I’d be …

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Films I Saw This Week 11/05/2015

20,000 Days On Earth (2014) Blurring the lines of fact and fiction, this interesting mix of documentary and music, showing 24 hours in the life of alternative musician Nick Cave, is pretty much the perfect showcase for Cave’s style. Despite its occasionally self-indulgent tendencies and its often pretentious monologues, 20,000 Days On Earth works brilliantly, …

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