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  • The Chess Game of the Wind

    ★★★½

  • Horns

    ★★½

  • Heat

    ★★★★★

  • A Place in the Sun

    ★★★

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  • Val

    Val

    ★★★

    I get the sense that there are further dimensions to Val Kilmer than are captured in this documentary bearing his name. Much of the archival footage, captured by Kilmer himself, is compelling, and there are moments of moving vulnerability, but Val feels like it’s only scratching at the surface. Whether this is by the design of the subject or the directors is hard to tell, but the truly penetrative moments are relatively rare. When they do present themselves, however, it…

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★

    Fun fact: The Woodstock ‘99 concert doco was the first DVD I ever purchased (a nice jewelcase too), bought before I even owned a DVD player. I was mostly hyped for the Chemical Brothers and DMX joints, but my overriding feeling about the set list at the time was that there was ‘something for everyone’. Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage would have you believe that the collection of artists chosen for the event was a blatantly irresponsible selection, seemingly…

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  • The Chess Game of the Wind

    The Chess Game of the Wind

    ★★★½

    The Chess Game of the Wind is a mesmerising work, a tableau brought to life; Edgar Allen Poe transposed to an Iran at a crossroads, with secular modernity bravely encroaching upon the country’s long-held pious traditions and social principles. It’s beautifully made, steady and assured, and is immaculately composed, both visually and sonically. An uncovered gem worthy of the polish afforded to it.

  • Horns

    Horns

    ★★½

    Horns is a recipe for success on paper, and indeed, the departmental contributions from all of the players are solid; it certainly looks and sounds great, thanks to cinematography from Frederick Elmes and an ace score from Rob. My main issues are with its story and tone. I’m usually all for fantastical escapism, but here these elements seem to only serve as gap-fillers for a plot that would otherwise have nowhere to go. In addition, Horns has a sense of humour that can only be described as juvenile, and these things combine to make it feel like an underdeveloped work of YA fiction.

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

    If Infinity War was, as @kernetcetera so eloquently described, ‘television’, then Endgame is the TV finale, the send-off show, the goodbye episode that wraps it all up with a nice little bow and gives the fans an opportunity to pay their respects to characters that had been a part of their lives for so many seasons. On that note, it’s certainly not the type of film that was made for someone like me, and I was a fool for thinking…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    Murder as art. Art as murder. Engineering. Architecture. Heaven and hell. The tiger. The lamb. The dark light. The noble rot. 
    There will be lots of words about this to come.