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  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Cowboy Bebop
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  • Song to Song

  • She Done Him Wrong

    ★★★

  • Foolish Wives

    ★★★½

  • Pretty Woman

    ★★★★

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Béla Tarr puts me into a trance. Have you ever gazed at mud so long that you begin to realise an intricate beauty in it? Do you perhaps come to appreciate its consistent texture or its effervescent gleam? At some point during the seven hours you’ll spend inside the filthy world of Sátántangó, you’ll be able to answer “yes” to either one of these questions. As a pure mood piece on entropy and desolation, few films surpass it. Tarr’s mise-en-scene…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    ★★★★★

    One would be hard pressed to walk away from In the Realm of the Senses without having formulated an opinion or have gone through some sort of emotional response. This film is a prime example of the power of the medium. It is nearly impossible to shut off the body and brain’s response to what is being presented. We are conditioned to react to the stimulating and titillating elements of film, despite the fact that film is a (mostly) two-dimensional…

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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    You won’t find a more ardent champion of the work of Terrence Malick than me, but Song to Song is the first time where his signature aesthetic felt more reductive than transcendent. Malick’s previous films always transcended the immediacy of their social setting, and the central characters’ troubles appeared sympathetic and profound, here the three main players’ woes are irredeemably precious, bourgeois and narcissistic. Where all those previous films were in some way purposeful exercises in distanciation and existentialism, this is almost a…

  • She Done Him Wrong

    She Done Him Wrong

    ★★★

    She Done Him Wrong elevated Broadway star Mae West into a celluloid sensation. This pre-code fluff has only one aim in mind, to glamourise West’s ribald and risqué persona. Her saloon singer Lady Lou, marcel-waved, bedecked with garish finery, outlandish millinery and all the bling accoutrements (you can only imagine how she looks in full colour!), is a diamond girl who can handle the opposite sex with ease and throw off double entendres at the drop of a hat, whether…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★★

    Adam McKay wrote the script for Don’t Look Up in a pre-pandemic world. Today, nearly two years into the pandemic, his film about the politicisation of issues that ought not be considered political still rings eerily prophetic.

    At some moments, Don’t Look Up feels like it has a never-ending list of high grossing celebrities that will enter the scene at any moment. I would have been hardly surprised if Kylie Jenner emerged to play the role of an influencer using…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    It all began with the simplest of questions— “What’s your favourite scary movie?” — in a scene that has gone down in history as one of the greatest all-time openers in cinema; no spoilers, but if you aren’t aware of just why Drew Barrymore is synonymous with the genre then you have some serious rectifying to do. Subverting expectations is what Wes Craven mastered within the Scream series, whether it was placing one of his biggest stars in immediate peril or…