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  • Waitress

    Waitress

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    "I'm happy enough."

    This is one of those films that is best summed up in feelings rather than words. That feeling of melancholy when you look at your life and it isn't where you want it to be. That wistful smile shared with an old friend. That feeling of warmth you get in the pit of your belly when you talk about something you love and the person listening genuinely cares. That little bite of hope that you hold onto…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

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    It seems that this has become my cosy, sick-day film, and in the time since I last had the flu, I genuinely forgot how beautiful it is, both narratively and visually.

    Whilst it does undoubtedly draw from a plethora of other films as its inspiration, there is something so unique about La La Land that I truly believe there isn't another film quite like it. The New York Times referred to it upon its release as "a work of sublime…

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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

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    Right: I'm going to start by saying, whilst I know this star rating may come as a shock to people, it cannot shock you as much as it has me.

    I went into In The Heights with it being my most anticipated film of the year, given that the stage show is already one of my favourite musicals. However, this foreknowledge of the show, paired with huge expectation, meant that I couldn't help but feel a tiny bit disappointed with…

  • Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om

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    Ended my 24th year round the sun by revisiting (and introducing my housemates to) the camp, ridiculous, hilarious, modern masterpiece that is Om Shanti Om.

    This film man... it's so stupid, yet so brilliant and i love it so much. It's just so fun! Yeah it's drawn out way longer than it needs to be, and the narrative beats can be predictable at times, but who care? It's a solid story, with a cracking central cast and a magical soundtrack.…

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  • Minari

    Minari

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    Minari is wonderful, wonderful. An intimate and inviting tale about family, I was actually surprised at how well it's done while watching it, not because it's not stunning, but because it's quietly so, capturing the Yi family's life with a deft normalcy.

    I was unaware before hand that this was semi-autobiographical for Chung, but it makes perfect sense given how personal it feels, at yet in a way that exudes its emotional experience outwards so those who haven't lived it…

  • The Father

    The Father

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    I'm not always a fan of play -> screen adaptations, but what Zeller has done here is one of the most finely and creatively crafted films I've watched in a long time.

    Many had said that it really takes you into its lead's psyche to recreate what it's like to have dementia, but the way it utilises so many different elements to do so is genius. From its small ensemble cast playing multiple roles, to the non-linear structure of the…