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  • The Last Picture Show
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Terminator

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  • I'm Not There

    ★★★★

  • Safe

    ★★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Inevitable. Dune is such a colossal achievement that calling it the biggest film of the year feels reductive. I just sat there in awe for 150 minutes. No pacing issues for me. No jarring moments. Just some of the grandest filmmaking I’ll ever see. 

    This is a universe that feels lived inThat’s just it. The attention to detail doesn’t just draw you in, but makes you aware of how vast this universe is, and how this story fits into it…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    “Now I’m ready.”

    It’s been well over a month since I saw The Green Knight, so the fact that I’m only now compiling my thoughts says a lot about how this left me. But anyway, here goes. 

    At its best, The Green Knight is absolutely spellbinding. Enrapturing. It’s a magical swirl of medieval iconography, a feast for the eyes and profoundly affecting in a manner I didn’t expect. But The Green Knight also follows a quest-like structure, where Gawain’s journey is…

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  • I'm Not There

    I'm Not There

    ★★★★

    Legacy and memory and reincarnation, all wrapped in a stunning dissection of the biopic form. This is a truly enthralling and challenging portrait of an artist as a man, centring on the notion that art is not only the artist’s, and exploring, above all, the vastness and the coldness and the wonder of the artistic persona.

    “I accept chaos. I don't know whether it accepts me.”

  • Safe

    Safe

    ★★★★

    I found the first half of this incredible. A razor-sharp depiction of unease and anxiety stemming from the ennui and heartlessness of domesticity. Moore is the heart of it all, and her performane blew me away, and it perfectly suited the thematic underpinnings of Haynes' screenplay.

    The second half wasn't quite as powerful for me, and I felt like it started to lose me. Or maybe it was just going so profound with its implications that I was almost scared…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    I just adore everything about this film. The way it plays to exactly my sense of humour, the fact it looks slick as hell, how it meanders so much throughout its runtime — it’s just outrageously entertaining at every turn.

    But what really struck me this time is just how sublime, and surprisingly emotional, the final act is. The film is fun from start to finish, but it also has a poignant finality rumbling underneath, and it all comes to…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    Made me physically ill. And not just because of the editing and sound mixing and basically every technical aspect, but because it’s just so inconceivably awful. So ugly. So lethargic. So unfunny. 

    No actor did this for anything but money. It’s a 2021 Dr Strangelove-esque satire, but doesn’t fully commit to being a satire so it just feels completely flat and lifeless and tone-deaf. Only Jonah Hill really made me laugh, because his character is the only one who actually feels…