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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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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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