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  • In the Mood for Love

    ★★★½

  • Get Out

    ★★★

  • Persepolis

    ★★★½

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Okay. Alright. I'm going to start this by saying that I should not have needed three viewings to obtain a solid grasp of this film. After all three experiences, I still don't understand at least 15% of what I saw. I think mining this movie once and reaching the conclusion I have would've felt just as satisfying as my mining it over three watches - but that doesn't mean the gold I saw wasn't great.

    I think Tenet is as…

  • Suspense.

    Suspense.

    ★★★★½

    A towering achievement for its era and another huge leap forward for cinematic technique. Weber and Smalley’s introduction of visual character perspective takes filmic storytelling to a whole new level, completely leaving behind the rudimentary wide/long shot norm of the previous era.

    Putting all that aside, I simply had a great time watching it.

    What I think I’ve learned, or at least have confirmed in my head, from this - cinema is intimate. It is that intimacy that makes us…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    A shocking and terrifying statement on the standing relationship between black and white America that is difficult to digest.

    I wonder how Jordan Peele would order the sequence of events, that is to ask what he would do differently, if he wrote this once again in the aftermath of the last eighteen months.

    Moreover, Jordan Peele’s craftsmanship is notable, and becomes even more so when considering the fact that this was his directorial debut in the feature film medium, and he did so with a constraining budget. The film is structurally and technically muscular, or more specifically, fit.

  • Persepolis

    Persepolis

    ★★★½

    The animation was particularly well done - it was extremely fluid, cutting in between images with ease and suave, creating an effect that was particularly cinematic. Hats off to the animators.

    I was well invested in the film's interesting plot line until the third act, where the protagonist lost my sympathy and the film ended on what felt like a very open and pointless note.

    That said, seeing the films very unique, revealing and entertaining cinematography, all in a darkened theatre with an audience, lent to a unique cinematic experience that I couldn't help but enjoy.

    Strong 3.5 Star

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Just a bunch of bullshit.

    Might expand my thoughts later.

    EDIT: I'm expanding my thoughts now.

    Nolan is the man because when he's at his best he, better than any other filmmaker I've ever watched, perfectly balances and pronounces high-concept, genre defying blockbusters with the human experience, drawing on all our heartstrings. Dunkirk failed for me because it broke that balance, swaying way too far towards the latter component, failing to deliver any of his signature mind-bending originality or brainy…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★

    Okay. Wow. Yeah. Hitchcock is good. Hitchcock is really good. Definitely amongst my favourite directors. The highs of this film are pure cinematic mastery. True embodiment of cinema as a dream.

    The lows though, those are very mundane sequences that left my attention wavered. The film definitely could’ve been shaved off 10-20 minutes. This would’ve been an easy 4.5 if not for some of these moments.

    Great cast. Perhaps Hitchcock’s best performances. It was a pleasure watching them. Really glad I finally saw Olivier at work. Fontaine is deathly beautiful.

    All hail the master of suspense.

    Solid 4 Star