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  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    ★★★★½

    Staggeringly complex and unbelievably fascinating, Minority Report is such an absorbing sci-fi and definitely one of Spielberg's finest.

    The little touches make this film: the burgers being cooked by a jetpack mid-fight, Cruise chasing his eyeballs down a slope and only just catching one of them, the whole clever mall chase scene.

    I wasn't surprised considering its intelligent story to see Philip K. Dick's name pop up at the end, but credit to the screenwriters for expanding the short story into such a well-constructed, cohesive film.

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  • The New World

    The New World

    ★★★★★

    Extended Cut, Criterion Collection

    With The New World, Terrence Malick has cemented himself as my favourite director, if he wasn't already. His ability to tap into the very soul of humanity - equally the good and the bad parts - is matched by very few other directors and his films' relationships with the world we inhibit is unparalleled.

    His direction and Lubezki's cinematography is not merely beautiful either (although beautiful it certainly is). There are choices behind every frame, symbolism…

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  • Proper Binge

    Proper Binge

    ★★★

    A gritty but hopeful drama. Read my review on Loud and Clear.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★½

    I got way more of an emotional payoff and way less of a laugh-out-loud payoff from The Apartment than I was expecting. That's not to say it isn't a funny film, but more that the writing is witty and cutting rather than outright hilarious. But wow, the writing works best in building up the central characters and in its intelligent handling of heavy themes, causing all kinds of emotions to swirl around within me.

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  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★★

    Social media bad.

    Letterboxd good.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    Reading reviews about Promising Young Woman is as thought-provoking as the film itself and I find myself agreeing with both 1 and 5 star ratings but for me personally, it's up there at the higher end.

    A lot of the aspects of Promising Young Woman are top-notch: the direction, the framing, music choices, Mulligan's performance, but it's the screenplay which really sticks out. It's never forced or obvious but always intelligently fierce and cutting.

    It's one of the saddest horror films I've seen in a long time and set alight a deep anguish inside me.

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