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  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★

    "The world is broken, you can't trust anyone"

    Not too compelling. There are moments of really captivating cinematography, in particular the action was framed quite well, and the usage of music made otherwise uninteresting scenes feel gripping, but broadly there are quite severe issues with storytelling.

    The pacing during the first half was absolutely brutal, Raya and the Last Dragon felt like a recap movie for three or four major arcs of a TV show during its opening act. Multiple…

  • Men in Black: International

    Men in Black: International

    "God, do I hate Paris"

    This is an odd and speculative point to open with but this felt like the least doctored screenplay of any mainstream movie I've seen. Men in Black: International felt like the first draft, or like the film began shooting before the script was close to being finished. There are so many glaring issues with the film's structure and characterisation, as well as many immediately identifiable inconsistencies or "plot holes", that it feels like the movie…

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★

    The Red Turtle could have been named amongst some of the greatest animated movies ever made had it ended approximately 40 minutes in. What was at one point an intensely emotional and profound exploration of human resilience and our conflict with nature, almost at once completely goes to trash at the introduction of a second character.

    (As it happens midway through the film this could be considered a spoiler however what I am going to discuss as the downfall of…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    Film Club May 24th - May 26th

    "but in a world of peace there is no hope"

    Simply excellent doesn't begin to cover how magnificent Harakiri is. Nearly flawless in both story telling and visuals, Masaki Kobayashi 1962 classic deserves no less than to be called a masterpiece.

    An ex-warrior, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance into a house in order to commit Harakiri (the act of committing suicide by self-inflicted disembowelment). While waiting to commit the act, he tells…