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  • The Big Sleep
  • Touch of Evil
  • I Am Cuba
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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★½

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

  • The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★½

  • The Tender Bar

    ★★½

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Well it's not shit; that surprised me. In my opinion there has only been one good Ghostbusters movie and I don't even rate that so high. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is mostly just okay, but it easily becomes the best of the sequels and reboots. The filmmaking is uninteresting, but it's serviceable and the film is entertaining enough. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is very dependent on nostalgia, filling up its runtime with so many callbacks and cameos. However it does a better job than…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    As a whole I didn't particularly care for The Mitchells vs the Machines, however so many individual elements of the film are great.

    The weaknesses of The Mitchells vs the Machine mostly come down to the bland premise. The story of a dysfunctional family learning to love and accept each other is about as basic as you can get. Similarly the apocalyptic robot takeover is not exactly fresh either. In broad strokes, this is an uninteresting and unadventurous movie, with…

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

    Bad people are complicated. There is something dark at the centre of The Lost Daughter, a film which viciously tears apart the idealism we often have about motherhood. It is a film of mothers, but not one of love. Instead we see a rot, mothers who find children a burden. The Lost Daughter is an uncomfortable movie, with a constant unease and sense of dread. We wait to be given answers, for characters to be uncovered and exposed, and yet…

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…