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I'm starting the awards campaign now: baby Yonas for Best Supporting Actor.
1 year 8 months ago
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Watch this, be fascinated and inspired, then read Jane's memoirs for even more of the same. Fabulous woman.
1 year 9 months ago
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What a soundtrack!
1 year 10 months ago
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A great film, make sure to read this article after viewing.
1 year 10 months ago
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Make sure to watch First Contact as well (ideally before), from the same team and setting the context: https://archive.org/details/firstcontact_201602#
2 years 4 months ago
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A documentary about Australia's "stolen generation" and early Aboriginal rights movements, with fascinating archival footage and first-person testimonies. Great viewing for history buffs and fully available on YouTube. Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TfaXdI5Z8Q
2 years 6 months ago
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This is only his feature-length films, but I might update it to include the shorts...will ponder.
2 years 6 months ago
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It's actually really satisfying when it finally pulls into the platform :)
2 years 6 months ago
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Excellent period drama about a blind pianist, with a superlative lead performance. One for fans of Amadeus and Barry Lyndon (though don't expect the cheeky humour of those film).
2 years 8 months ago
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Low-key drama set in a West African village. One of those simple, charming films that lets you live in a completely different corner of the world for a little while.
2 years 8 months ago
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Very well-made drama, split into three parts. The only problem is that the middle section is very different tonally, and so fantastic that I wished it could make up the whole film.
2 years 8 months ago
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SO BORING. Seriously, who cares? It's also a cruel irony that a film about remaking a RW Fassbinder film could be so thoroughly un-cinematic.
2 years 8 months ago
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Aimless and weirdly cheesy attempt at an arthouse flick. Fail.
2 years 8 months ago
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There's not a whole lot to get out of this and I was disappointed overall, but it just about falls into the "positive" side of the spectrum because Juliette Binoche is a QUEEN.
2 years 8 months ago
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Super stylish thriller that makes fantastic use of its LA location. A scathing critique of celebrity culture while also a playful pastiche of classic noir films. Embrace it on those terms and you'll have great fun.
2 years 8 months ago
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A tender, detailed study of childhood. Beautiful in its simplicity and realism. I challenge anyone not to fall in love with the two main girls.
2 years 8 months ago
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Haneke does Bunuel! It's great to have a film with his typically acute perceptions of the disturbing side of humanity but also with a dose of satirical humour. Peter Bradshaw described it as a "satanic soap opera of pure sociopathy", which is just perfect. Your reaction to that description will probably match your reaction to the film.
2 years 8 months ago
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Terrific film. Epic, novelistic storytelling that's thematically rich, 100% truthful, and driven by fascinating characters that are performed, quite literally, to perfection - and all complemented by subtly beautiful direction.
2 years 9 months ago
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I dunno man. There's bleak, and then there's this. This is just MISERABLE, in every damn frame. Misery porn. It's not even miserable in an effectively realistic way because the story becomes unnecessarily extreme and stretches credibility towards the end. It never finds a comfortable tone, flitting between minimalist (and according to this viewer, un-involving) "slow cinema" and ham-fisted melodrama. The lead performances are pretty great and it's technically impressive, but it's all suffocated by the overbearing (yep, I'll say it again) MISERY. Very disappointing after The Selfish Giant, which was genuinely moving and relatable.
2 years 9 months ago
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I was greatly anticipating this after the stellar reviews, but found myself disappointed. It's certainly not bad, and looks beautiful, but it's lower-tier Jarmusch IMO. It's only intermittently funny/insightful, and the two leads lack charisma (I don't understand where all the praise for Driver is coming from, I found him incredibly bland). I also thought the poetry in the film was pretty bad, which is a problem for a film about...poetry. It does have the cool Jarmusch style and quirk, so fans should check it out (definitely not a Limits of Control-level failure). I just felt a bit "meh" by the end.
3 years 5 months ago
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The latest Palme D'Or winner is engaging and makes its point well, but almost too well. I couldn't shake the feeling that it's purely a "message film" and for me, the message (while I support it fully) would have been more effective if it was fleshed out with...other stuff. Every scene, almost every line, is devoted to delivering its point that the system is flawed and ruining lives. I wonder if this is better suited to documentary? Great performances though, especially from Hayley Squires, and I appreciate the naturalism.
3 years 8 months ago
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Masterful doc from Adam Curtis, eye-opening and depressing.
3 years 8 months ago
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Super powerful documentary, full of heartbreaking stories.
3 years 8 months ago
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Depressing story, but filmed with such beauty and grace.
3 years 9 months ago
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This film does everything cinema is supposed to do <3
3 years 9 months ago

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