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Bad Words (2014)

One of the oddest and most mean-spirited comedies I’ve seen in a long time. Jason Bateman really goes for it with a cold, dark central performance that slowly reveals a warm centre. 131 more words

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Enemy (2014)

Prisoners was far and away one of the best movies I saw last year so naturally I’ve had a keen eye on Enemy ever since I knew it existed. 166 more words

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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

Gus Van Sant is one of those filmmakers I fall in love with every time I see a new movie of his. My entry point to Van Sant was Elephant and it took me a while (until last year actually) to get around to seeing his early stuff, anything pre-Good Will Hunting. 523 more words

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Katalin Varga (2009)

If we’re going to talk about Katalin Varga then we need to talk about how it was made. Writer/director Peter Strickland took some inheritance money over to Transylvania, cast a bunch of unknowns and made a revenge thriller in a language he didn’t understand. 286 more words

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Brute Force (1947)

If there’s ever a film that lives up to it’s title it’s Brute Force. This is the second Jules Dassin movie I’ve watched this year (Rififi was the first) and I realised I got this guy backwards. 291 more words

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Fata Morgana (1971)

I love the story about how Fata Morgana came to exist in it’s final form. Werner Herzog disappeared into the desert to make a sparse science fiction film and once he started getting shots of the landscapes totally scrapped the sci-fi narrative in favour of something much more abstract. 44 more words

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What If (2014)

I have a real love-hate relationship with Daniel Radcliffe. I’m not much of a Harry Potter fan and always felt his performances in those movies, the latter ones especially, were painfully wooden and cringe-worthy. 324 more words

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