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  • Vanishing Point
  • Death Proof
  • Duel
  • A Ghost Story

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  • The Others

    ★★★½

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★½

  • Old

    ★★★★

  • Hardcore Henry

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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    It doesn’t really take a genius to identify two defining aspects of Noah Baumbach’s filmmaking career. He has been consistently drawing from autobiographical experiences, the most prominent, direct and discussed ad nauseam example of which would be his parents’ divorce in The Squid And The Whale. Though, it has to be noted that within the landscape of these inspirations he has repeatedly revisited the theme of a family (or a relationship) in crisis in Margot At The Wedding, While We’re…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★★

    Besides the film’s obvious overall quality, there are at least three major reasons why anyone trying to understand and contextualize Quentin Tarantino’s work should take a good look at True Romance.

    First of all, one has to consider how much of a milestone in Tarantino’s career this film was. Even though it was released in 1993, a year after his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, it was his first ever script and at the same time the most autobiographical of all…

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  • The Others

    The Others

    ★★★½

    As an experience, this movie continues to work even on the umpteenth re-watch. Though, you really have to suspend your disbelief a lot and tune out your own foreknowledge of the film in order not to take it apart as it's going. But in contrast to The Sixth Sense and The Devil's Backbone - it's two nearest comparison points - it doesn't have much thematic staying power. Granted, the staying power of Shyamalan's breakout hit is equally easy to take…

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★½

    It only goes to show that adapting a novel is not the easiest thing in the world and even the most talented writer-directors might get it wrong sometimes. Therefore, Those Who Wish Me Dead occupies a similar space in Taylor Sheridan’s catalogue to what Hold The Dark is in Jeremy Saulnier’s. It is an ambitious attempt at both adapting a novel and staying true to one’s own aspirations that eventually falls apart because the filmmakers adapting it may not have had the same organic connections to…

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  • The Road

    The Road

    ★★★★★

    Every single idiot hoping for a zombie apocalypse 'because it will be so cool' should be assigned to have a sit-down with "The road". Brutal, gritty, dull and depressingly sad, this film is probably the closest to what would actually happen in the event of shit hitting the proverbial fan. (Edit: though it has nothing to do with zombies, but a planet dying in a mysterious but straightforward fashion). It's never an easy watch and it does kick you in the stomach more than once, but it is simply a masterpiece.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Disclaimer: I think I should start by apologising in advance in case I lose decorum at some point and devolve into spouting profanity.

    When I first watched James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy, I liked it a lot and thought of it as Star Wars for the modern adolescents. It was nothing like other comic book adaptations and was quite self-contained and it wasn't bogging itself down with tying the film to other entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It…