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  • Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom

    ★★★★½

    "Take me to your cinema."

    The camera has an opus. It starts simple enough, one murder: the lens the barrel from which the gaze is shot like a bullet; the woman, a prostitute, its receiver. But instead of playing it out as straight succession of ever-increasingly orchestrated killings, Powell doesn't ever feel tempted to turn this into something like a proto-giallo (not that there would be anything wrong with that, mind you); he instead uses this premisse to build a…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    If ever there was a movie driven by sheer rage and trauma, it's this one. It's one of those rare pieces where every single frame feels exorcised/vomited out of the protagonist's subconscious being (and yes, I include that *ending* in within this canvas as well). It's stylish, rebellious, vain, crude, unexpected and deeply, deeply hurt at its core, and somewhat naïve. For better or worse, the film is in of itself an encapsulation of Cassandra, totally and unapologetically character driven…

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  • Transit

    Transit

    Ironically given its name, Transit has been on my radar since early 2019 and has been hanging there, around the back of my mind, one of those "I'll watch you later" types, that you constantly keep delaying until next Tuesday. But having watched (and loved) Petzold's Undine a couple of days back, I figured it was time to finally give this one a go. Not only wasn't I disappointed, Transit blew away every piece of me it could, and did…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    The first half is pure nitro injected through the eyeballs! Chugging metal riffs, one liners, cool as ice poses and incendiary charisma from Dern and Cage, totally deranged lovers that are moved solely through dance, lust and deep, mutual respect for each own's persona. The second half kicks in the breaks, drops a bucket of tepid water on to the fire, and just leaves you wondering if there will be anything besides the faint trail of smoke still on screen...…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    " You know what kind of plan that never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned."

    One can very much argue that new wave of cinema coming out of Korea during the late nineties was, and still is, one of the most diversified and eclectic arrangements of celluloid ideas in the cinematic landscape. Directors like Lee Chang-dong sought to explore conflicts of morality in characters broken by the world around them, while…

  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    "I can only see what's in front, not what's behind. So I can only know half of the truth, right?"

    The beautiful tragedy of the maze of glimmering reflections and turned backs that is being alive. Where we walk others have walked before, repeating the same mistakes, diving into the deep end of the pool yet again without any real assurance on if we will return to the surface to draw another breath, turning our backs on the things we…