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Added by Toby White on 2 Jan 2015 11:21
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Film Diary 2015

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Watched at the cinema - Jan.3rd

From my only viewing of Birdman at my local cinema, I would describe it as a very good film. I don't like to read reviews of films before I actually see them, and these days I try to avoid reading about a film prior to seeing it. But in this case it was hard to escape the hype surrounding Michael Keaton's 'comeback' performance. As a kid, I loved Batman and Beetlejuice so Michael Keaton would always remain a personal favourite of mine.

As it turned out, Michael Keaton delivered a brilliantly nuanced performance and all of the cast were equally great in their roles.

Most people talk about the camera in Birdman. It is very impressive at times, but one of the standout things for me was the soundtrack. The sound design was excellent and the score really played with the inner workings of Keaton's character. As he moves towards meltdown/insanity/enlightenment/death (your choice), the jazz score becomes increasingly frenetic. Birdman seems to think the source of the percussion is in his head. He even goes outside the theatre to check if the sounds are in fact 'real'. It turns out there's a jazz drummer outside on the street. Oddly, later on, this drummer moves inside the theatre. As Birdman walks past him, he's not sure and we're not sure if this is an hallucination. This device of playing with the source of the music is really effective in creating a chaotic atmosphere and helps to align the viewer with Birdman.

All in all, my impression on my sole viewing experience was that Birdman achieved a hyper-realism due to the combination of strong acting performances, especially Keaton, and an intense score.
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Watched Jan.7th
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People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Watched Jan.8th
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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Watched Jan.8th

Sad, beautiful, funny and very moving.
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Drop (2014)
Watched Jan. 20th

Enjoyable. Simple and straight forward story. Great performance by Tom Hardy in the lead role. Gandolfini is always a joy to watch. Sadly, it's his last film.
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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 531 Average listal rating (315 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Watched Jan.21st

Beautiful, poetic and moving. Possibly my favourite Fellini film I've seen so far. Nino Rota's score is great.
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People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
Tamara Drewe (2010)
Watched Jan.22nd
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People who added this item 604 Average listal rating (380 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Bound (1996)
Watched Jan.26th
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People who added this item 355 Average listal rating (253 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6
Watched Jan.27th
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.3
Watched Jan.27th
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Watched Jan.28th
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People who added this item 1087 Average listal rating (796 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Nightcrawler (2014)
Watched Jan.28th

Re-watched at the cinema - Feb.26th


Excellent film. Disturbing and believable. Great visuals and engaging story.
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.4
Watched Jan.29th

A great performance by Gerard Depardieu a monstrous, sex-fiend, corrupt politician. He does a great job of conveying this gross character.
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People who added this item 355 Average listal rating (230 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Sexy Beast (2001)
Rewatched Feb.3rd

This is a classic. Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane are frightening. Gripping and endlessly watchable.
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People who added this item 476 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Four Lions (2010)
Watched Feb.4th

Ultimately Four Lions has a deep sadness at its core. At times, surreal and wildly funny, it simultaneously packs a political punch and gives so much life to these characters. Well done Chris Morris.
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Watched Feb.4th

Odd, distinctive, atmospheric and strangely hypnotic.
It's a beautiful and sad piece of filmmaking. Moving in a way that's hard to pin-point.
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People who added this item 314 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
Watched Feb.5th

Very good performances by Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska. Not sure how I feel about this one yet.

* Probably one of my least favourite Cronenberg films in hindsight.
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People who added this item 1199 Average listal rating (749 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Watched Feb.6th

An abrasive and unsettling masterwork. This really gets into your head with its strong colours and its completely overwhelming soundscape. It gave me the sensation of something drilling away at my brain.
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.9
Castle Freak (1995)
Watched Feb 6th
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People who added this item 1450 Average listal rating (513 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Watched Feb.10th

Awful.
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People who added this item 698 Average listal rating (510 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Babadook (2014)
Watched Feb.11th

The best Horror film I've seen in many years. Very creepy and atmospheric. I cared about the characters and felt their trauma. It works on two levels, as a ghost story and as a story about a mother and child who struggle to deal with the loss of a loved one. It avoids the cliches of most horrors and goes for a more subtle approach of building up suspense and atmosphere.
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People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (261 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
St. Vincent (2014)
Watched Feb.18th

Typical Hollywood feel-good rubbish.
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People who added this item 1317 Average listal rating (996 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
Whiplash (2014)
Feb.19th

Very engaging. It's got all the highs and lows that you would expect from this type of story. Despite this predictable aspect, the lead performances are so strong that it works.
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People who added this item 509 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Midnight Run (1988)
Feb.20th

Hilarious, well written and wildly entertaining.
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People who added this item 318 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Feb.20th

Difficult viewing. Very emotional. Marion Cotillard is excellent.
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People who added this item 97 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Feb.21st

Silly 80s fun.
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People who added this item 838 Average listal rating (599 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Feb.21st

Decent action film from Tony Scott.
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People who added this item 1053 Average listal rating (671 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Boyhood (2014)
Feb.21st

It was good but not groundbreaking. Certainly a nice idea but not as moving as it could have been. Maybe the task itself of making a film over this length of time is too self-conscious.
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People who added this item 1326 Average listal rating (920 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Feb.22nd

Really funny and very impressive visually.
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People who added this item 949 Average listal rating (522 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Feb.24th

Lacking in atmosphere. Didn't hook me.
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People who added this item 4077 Average listal rating (2718 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Feb.24th

Re-watched for the 3rd time. Brilliant adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's great novel. One of the Coen brothers' best films and one of my favourites of the decade.
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People who added this item 1132 Average listal rating (805 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Event Horizon (1997)
Feb.25th

Not bad but not brilliant. Saw a lot of it coming. Some impressive visuals. Atmosphere was o.k..
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People who added this item 619 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Mud (2013)
Feb.27th

I really enjoyed it. The characters and story really grabbed me.
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People who added this item 1232 Average listal rating (834 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Lucy (2014)
Feb.28th
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (311 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
Mar.1st

Inherent Vice is my favourite film from 2014 and one of the best films I've seen this decade. I had been anticipating this one for quite some time and I was not disappointed. Once again Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a brilliant film.

Its sprawling narrative and witty dialogue had me hooked. It's odd and wacky and hilarious, and I didn't want it to end. It kept me zig-zagging along on a weird and wonderful trip. Even though at times I was thinking to myself "what the hell is actually going here?", it didn't even matter. This seemed to be part of the experience and that it was deliberately written this way to capture the atmosphere of this era. It really succeeded in capturing the mood and vibe of its time. Looking forward to seeing it again. Brilliant.

Watched for the 2nd time - May.29th


I enjoyed it even more the second time round. Its style and aesthetic made a lot more sense to me. It flows together so well and there are so many layers to it. What an excellent film it is. Certainly one of my favourites by Paul Thomas Anderson.
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People who added this item 1606 Average listal rating (1024 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Mar.10th
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People who added this item 3469 Average listal rating (2324 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Mar.11th

Very impressive cinematography. An intense and immersive experience.
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People who added this item 878 Average listal rating (604 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
Mar.12th

Pretty disturbing film from Rob Zombie. Dark as hell. Visually impressive. Atmospheric and off-the-wall, it packs a punch and it doesn't pander to the typical Hollywood ending.

Clearly influenced by Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wes Craven's The Last House On The Left.
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People who added this item 956 Average listal rating (660 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Mar.17th
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People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (148 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Foxy Brown (1974)
Mar.18th
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Moebius (2013)
Mar.24th

This has got to be one of the most disturbing and off-the-wall films ever made. Narratively it doesn't make much sense but visually it's insanely intense and unlike any film experience one is likely to have.

Kim Ki Duk is a unique filmmaker. A very daring move to make feature with no spoken dialogue. Brilliantly executed. But very difficult viewing at times.
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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.7
Mar.25th


Average slasher
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People who added this item 770 Average listal rating (464 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Mar.26th

Another extremely violent Korean film.
This is excellent.
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Mar.27th

One of my favourite stand-up comedians.
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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
Mar.27th
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People who added this item 664 Average listal rating (410 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Mar.30th
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People who added this item 1027 Average listal rating (649 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
Perfect Blue (1997)
Mar.30th
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Mar.31st
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Apr.1st

Abysmal. Devastatingly bad. I don't care what this is supposed to be, irony or comedy. Doesn't work for me. It was one of the worst films I've sat through in a long time.
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This is a list of the films I've been watching in 2015. I will list my favourites of each month in order of personal preference.



Favourite films of Jan.
1. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
2. Birdman (2014)
3. La Vie De Boheme (1992)
4. Nightcrawler (2014)

Favourite films of Feb.
1. No Country For Old Men (2007) REWATCH*
2. Sexy Beast (2000) REWATCH*
3. Whiplash (2014)
4. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
5. Midnight Run (1988)
6. Mud (2012)
7. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
8. The Babadook (2014)
9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
10. Four Lions (2010)

Favourite films of March.
1. Inherent Vice (2014)
2. I saw The Devil (2010)
3. Children of Men (2006)
4. House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)


Favourite films of April.
1.The Dreamers (2003)
2. The Last Detail (1973)
3. Days of Being Wild (1990)
4. Afro Samurai Resurrection (2009)
5. Top Five (2014)



Favourite films of May.
1. Southern Comfort (1981)
2. Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
3. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
4. Cat On a Hot Thin Roof (1958)
5. Drive (2011) REWATCH*
6. The Wolverine (2013)


Favourite films of June.
1. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
2. Ugetsu (1953)
3. It Follows (2014)
4. Lola (1961)
5. Double Indemnity (1944)
6. Year Of The Dragon (1985)
7. Peeping Tom (1960)


Favourite films of July.
1. Harold and Maude (1971)
2. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
3. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
4. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
5. Seven (1995) REWATCH*
6. Something Wild (1986)
7. Lady Snowblood (1973)
8. Tetsuo: The Ironman (1989)
9. Contempt (1963)

Favourite films of Aug.
1. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter....and Spring (2003)
2. Wake In Fright (1971)
3. Shogun Assassin (1980)
4. A Girl At My Door (2014)
5. In The Realm of the Senses (1976)
6. Exit The Gift Shop (2010)
7. The Sugarland Express (1974)



Favourite Films of Sept.
1. The Godfather Part 1 & 2 (Rewatch) (1972, 1974)
2. Last Life in the Universe (2003)
3. eXistenz (1999)
4. Fallen Angels (1995)
5. Rebecca (1940)
6. Coffy (1973)
7. Timbuktu (2014)
8. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
9. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
10. Marshland (2014)



Favourite Films of Oct.
1. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
2. Don't Look Now (1973)
3. A Touch of Sin (2013)
4. From Beyond (1986)
5. Mimic (1997)
6. Crimson Peak (2015)


Favourite Films of Nov.
1. Suspiria (1977)
2. Breathless (2008)
3. Infernal Affairs (2002)
4. The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Favourte Films of Dec

Being There
Kikujiro
Ashes of Time
Big Night
Images
Venus in Fur
Wild Tales
Dead of Alive
I Walked With A Zombie


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