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Nightmare Alley Review

Ambition and nightmares fuse rather nicely throughout Nightmare Alley, a modern spin on the defiant, dormant neo-noir genre. Every so often, a creative will come along and be so sure of their abilities in reviving it. Naturally, whether the work they offer is great or godless, they are met with stirring reviews and a box office bomb. Nightmare Alley is on that course regardless and probably knew it. To know that and persevere is bold and inevitable because Nightmare Alley is a certainly grand film and far closer to the top of the Best Picture pile than any of the others to be given such a nod. It is at least filled with worldbuilding and experimentation, which is no surprise since Guillermo Del Toro helms this delightfully twisted feature.

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I’m Not There Review

Adapting the life and talent of Bob Dylan to the biopic genre was an inevitability. It is hard to see how anyone could stop it from happening. For all the failed markups of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and the big names around the 1960s, pulling off a dissection of The Voice of a Generation is no small feat. I’m Not There plays with the format of traditional detailing. Dylan defines a meaning or passage of time for so many people, spread across generations. To adapt that correctly, no one man can portray Dylan, and that is what director Todd Haynes gets right with I’m Not There. As Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again plays through the opening credits and the passages of time cross the screen, I’m Not There springs to life.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review

You’d think after the first film they’d know how to train their dragons. How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up the reigns of the first feature, leading where we last left off. For a time, How to Train Your Dragon as a series of merchandise and movies was inescapable. How we removed ourselves from that void is a mystery time has already forgotten, as audiences have forgotten this Jay Baruchel-led series already. They have also forgotten Baruchel. Who can blame them? His definitive role is as a floppy-haired teenager who rides around on dragons, convinced he is cooler than his father, played by Gerard Butler. 

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review

Time has not been kind to the mouth and mind of Steven Spielberg. His legless horse running in the grand, popular circuit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would surely not have been so poorly received had it not broken its way into the brains of a paying public all those years ago. It coined terminology for students of film, with the “nuking the fridge” a moment for writers and film philosophers to leap upon, but for audiences to tut at and shake their head with the same warmth and shame they have for children who chase squirrels in the hopes of sitting atop them like a bicycle.  

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Carol Review

Love from across the department store floor, Carol showcases a relationship that simply cannot be. Todd Haynes’ direction lingers on that simple fact, cemented sufficiently enough at the opening, and carried through with the sombre, inevitable realisation that it will blow up and fade away. But Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) don’t care to think like that. They live in the moment, for doing anything beyond that would be fatal to the sudden relationship they strike in the bustling streets of 1950s New York. Crisp and articulate the streets of the Big Apple may look, love is often at the heart of its big-screen appearances. Carol sets itself apart, though, and it is not just because of the dynamic relationship between its two leading ladies. 

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review

There is little else greater to be curious about than life itself. Benjamin Button is a study of life. Director David Fincher uses Button, played by Brad Pitt, to speak of age and how nothing should stop us from achieving what we must. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is, on a surface level, indeed a curious one, but beyond that, there is much to be desired. Brad Pitt is indeed curious, but that is due to his erratic series of casting decisions. He chooses projects that elevate the picture, not himself. Despite all the talent and name-value involved in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, there does not seem to be that spark of big-budget magic. Perhaps that is why it is so tiring. Almost as tired and weak as its ancient, decrepit leading man.

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Truth Review

Whilst most of my interest in watching Truth is based off of Robert Redford’s inclusion, I do think my studying of journalism at University has added a bit more interest in the project. More so than I would have first expected, especially since in recent years, Truth hasn’t exactly become the modern-day All the President’s Men. Based on the true story of CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast in which anchorman Dan Rather brings allegations of sitting President George W. Bush’s military service into question. Doubt settled in, controversy began to spark, and those at the centre of the reporting found themselves backpedalling, with desperation taking control. Truth looks to adapt that, with the blessing of Rather himself, in the debut feature of James Vanderbilt. 

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