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End of Watch [spoilers, duh]

‘End of Watch’. Pena and Gyllenhaal have the best on-screen relationship of the year. One of the finest films this year. Wow.

Every moment between Pena and Gyllenhaal is so damn natural. To create a bond like that so quickly requires incredible writing and acting, but even more than that. A real sense of unequivocal mateship and brotherly love. Someone you would do literally anything for, without considering the gravitas of the situation, for better or worse. “Follow me into the house, man. Follow me in.”

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Argo [spoilers, duh]

‘Argo’. Ben Affleck, take a bow. A magnificent achievement in pacing and tension, bringing an unbelievable true story to life.

There’s a line towards the beginning, when they’re trying to sell The Hollywood Option, that goes something like, “And everybody knows they’d shoot in Stalingrad with Pol Pot directing if it would sell tickets.” 

This cynical undercurrent that still permeates through Hollywood today, arguably more so, grounds this film in a believability that would be hard to artificially create solely for this film. It’s one of the many cheeky shots the film takes, having a go at acting, directing and everything in between. 

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Cafe de Flore [spoilers, duh]

‘Cafe de Flore’. Love, its dizzying highs and lows, and everything else in between, in this brave, stunning, deeply affecting film. 

I am still reeling from this thing, three hours later. What starts as two seemingly separate, simple stories about love, takes a very dark, spiritual turn, and in the process, explores “love” in its many forms.

I say two simple stories in relation to where the story goes, but they aren’t simple by any means.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol [spoilers, duh]

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. An IMAX marvel of breathtaking, beautifully constructed action sequences and ingenious use of field tech!

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Tom Cruise is so meant for this role that it’s ridiculous. His physique, intensity and willingness to put his own body at risk are only magnified by the IMAX screen and Brad Bird’s wonderful direction. You’ve all seen the scene in the trailer with the craning shots atop the Burj Khalifa, but they don’t prepare you for half the beauty and thrill you’ll experience. 

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The Shawshank Redemption [spoilers, duh]

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The Shawshank Redemption. A fascinating look into the psyche of men and their perceived notion of safety, freedom and self-worth, if the only life they are familiar with is that inside a prison.

I’d heard a LOT about this film, and all things considered, it doesn’t live up to the unbelievable reputation it has. For all I’d heard about it though, I’d never read the plot, and my expectations of the main character—Andy Dufresne, played extremely competently by Tim Robbins—were way off the mark, and I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the film took, turning into a clever prison break, and me realising how much the TV series Prison Break borrowed from this film.

The highly resourceful Andy Dufresne remains the same man through it all, not letting prison get the better of him, and bettering the life of other inmates, but this film is about Morgan Freeman’s Red and the change he goes through in his mindset, and he puts in a damn fine performance! Honourable mentions to a crazy William Sadler and scumbag warden Bob Gunton.

Uplifting and filled with hope as it may have been, with the reunion at the end sending definite chills, I’m still not 100% sure Andy didn’t commit the crime he was in jail for. Knowing this was written and directed by Darabont, and the twisted ending to The Mist I absolutely adored, I really thought Freeman would find a murder weapon or something that incriminated Andy. Alas.

UPDATE:

Had a discussion about this on Reddit, increasing my understanding of why people did like it so much, and someone made the very good point that my proposed ending would have gone against everything the film stood for.

Darabont is an extremely intelligent fellow. He knew much better than to incriminate Andy. That would have worked against everything else in the film. Andy wasn’t a great man, but he was honest to his word, that was what Darabont built his entire character around.

 

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Green Lantern [spoilers, duh]

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Green Lantern. Fuck you, Hollywood. What disgustingly impressive willpower you’ve used to destroy my favourite superhero.

The first theatrical trailer made me nervous. One TV spot after that completely changed the tone, and there was hope. After the first set of mixed reviews and universally bad consensus, all hope was gone, and I’d been contemplating whether I wanted to put myself through this. The first fifteen to twenty minutes held my attention, and I thought maybe my incredibly low expectations may have saved me. No, no they didn’t.

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Hanna [spoilers, duh]

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Hanna. Thrillingly shot action and chase sequences, with a perfect accompanying score [of the year for me] from The Chemical Brothers!

Saoirse Ronan turns in another stellar performance, leading the cast in fine style, and putting the action heroes of recent times to shame. Fierce and frightened, coming to grips with the [and her] world at large, Ronan demands your attention, even when the script loses some of its focus and runs astray.  Eric Bana proved solid, Olivia Williams you can never go wrong with, and Cate Blanchett’s villainous, caricaturey turn was most entertaining, along with her oddly dressed, whistling minions.

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