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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★½

  • Doctor Strange

    ★★★

  • The Secret of Kells

    ★★★½

  • Sabotage

    ★★★

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★½

    (MCU ranking)

    Whilst the first Guardians film proved to be a refreshing and new approach to the Marvel formula, the second instalment, although it tries to be more of the same, ends up feeling tired and unfocused. 

    I had already seen this before but it didn’t particularly hold up on a rewatch. I liked that we got to find out about Quill’s heritage and that is certainly the best part about this film. 

    But where the first film got the…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    (MCU ranking)

    A pretty good origin story, Doctor Strange boasts a strong script, mind bending visuals and a solid performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, but it can all be a bit much and falls into a lot of typical MCU cliches and traps. 

    One of the strongest aspects of this is that the world building is exceptional. Even though it’s our world, the way dimensions blend and trippy visuals come to the fore is like no other film I’ve seen. It’s…

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    (Billy Wilder ranking)

    Easily one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long while. The Apartment has stood the test of time and is probably the most monumental and watertight screenplay ever written. 

    Each scene and each character plays a part in the overall story of this 60s classic. The pacing is fantastic, the dialogue and interactions are all laced with humour and wit and an unbeknownst cynicism that you can’t help but love. 

    I can imagine this was…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★★

    (2020 ranking)
    (Christopher Nolan ranking)

    Remember when Inception came out and it was described as a ‘mind-fuck’, ‘clunky‘ and ‘confusing’? But now it’s loved, celebrated and easily understood, and I feel Tenet will go down that same exact path. 

    One of the main criticisms I’ve seen of this are the (brilliantly earth-shattering) score drowning out dialogue, which indeed it does but not the extent I was really expecting it to. Also the lack of character development was often brought up…