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  • Wolf Children
  • Happy Together
  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
  • The Blue Sky Maiden

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  • Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    ★★★★½

  • BELLE

    ★★★★½

  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

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  • Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    ★★★★½

    I cried sooooo many times; like literally within the first 10 minutes I was in tears. There were some things that I disliked—enough so for me to lower the rating by half a star, but overall this was one of the most profoundly emotional experiences I’ve ever had. Alas, I don’t think that in this case I can sufficiently translate my feelings into words, and so I don’t think I’m going to attempt an actual review this time. If only I could hire Violet to write it for me…

  • BELLE

    BELLE

    ★★★★½

    A wonderful way to end my time at the London Film Festival! Belle is a fun, charming and emotional take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, that plays around with some new ideas, as well as many of the elements for which Hosoda is known. For all of its humour, Belle also tackles some rather mature themes such as loss, insecurity, and even abuse; each of which are handled with thoughtfulness and sincerity—all whilst Hosoda competently avoids…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

    Sat within 10 feet of Edgar Wright. My life is now complete.

    Seriously though this was great! From the trailers I kinda assumed it would be some kind of Wright-esque riff on Suspiria with a touch of Midnight in Paris, but ultimately I found that it more so echoed perverse—unequivocally feminist stories of fear and insecurity like Du Maurier’s Rebecca and Polanski’s Repulsion. The atmosphere was absolutely to die for; heralded mainly by Thomasin McKenzie’s sensational performance, and Wright’s usual…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi classic Stalker is considered by plenty to be his masterpiece (or one of his many), having garnered widespread acclaim for its surreal atmosphere, memorable characters, and intriguing outlook on faith. It is commonly regarded as the film which killed Tarkovsky himself, as the legendary filmmaker’s cancer related death at only 54 years old is believed to have stemmed from the nuclear power plants near the site of filming - a prospect which makes Stalker hit significantly…