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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★

    Ignore my previous review. Shot-for-shot there is always something meaningful oozing out of each frame, which coupled with the enthralling editing and astounding sonic art creates an intoxicating cinematic experience. Mann has such tasteful control over the various tools in the filmmaking process which brings the best out of his techies, and you can feel the work put into the diegetic sound choices, the eclectic field recordings, the channel mixing, the music editing. A moment like the closing-time background noise…

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    I never log pre-Letterboxd viewings, but I can recall my first viewing of this film being 20th January 2008. I'd spent the previous day at the Australian Open watching the Federer-Tipsarevic match and then that night watched the all-nighter Hewitt-Baghdatis match. That was two all-nighters in a row, meaning I'd barely slept in days. But even in such a woozy state I loved Chinatown almost from the first second, and it hasn't left my top 20 favourites ever since.

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  • Hunger

    Hunger

    ★★★★★

    I’ve adored this film for over a decade now, but feel this is the first viewing when it has fully clicked. I really cannot fathom the possibility of making a superior film about arguable political prisoners employing hunger strike. McQueen unequivocally mastered that scoped terrain. You will not encounter a better film on that subject, ever (something you can’t quite claim for almost all films).

    The human organism. The human spirit. The cages, guards, governance and persecutions that confine and…

  • Never Say Never Again

    Never Say Never Again

    ★★½

    Quite charmed by this. Wish it had traded more on the gently amusing old Bond stuff (imagine a side canon where all the Bond actors return 15 years after their last mission!). Connery’s JB, seemingly pushing retirement age (a trade oxymoron ala the early aviators), clearly doesn’t look competent in the full 007 capacity of old, but still has something to offer and a health farm nose for intrigue. Cast is nice. I saw this as an upgrade on Thunderball

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  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.

    This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.

    You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth.…

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…