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  • Jaws
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Napoleon
  • The Night of the Hunter

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  • Pig

    ★★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

  • Scream 4

    ★★

  • Scream

    ★★★★

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  • Antlers

    Antlers

    ★★★

    God damn it, another addition to the "almost great" filmography of Scott Cooper.

    It's true that once again Cooper doesn't seem to be able to navigate theme very well in his work. Oh he knows what themes are and the power they can hold in relation to a piece of storytelling or placing it in conjunction to an otherwise detached piece of lore or history, but he just can't get them to coalesce into something actually meaningful or even coherent…

  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    ★★★★

    Look, I'm as weary of watching Benedict Cumberbatch play Neuroatypical characters as the rest of you, but he's really good here in a rather emotionally distressing role in what turns out to be a surprisingly tender and upsetting portrait of an artist who lived a very sad life when the broad strokes are painted.

    A remarkable figure over whom there has been much differing debate over the nature of their work and how it relates to their own degrading mental…

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  • Jumanji

    Jumanji

    ★★★★

    Jumanji could possibly be read as a post-modern reinvention of the Peter Pan story. All the pieces are there. A boy not ready to grow up and accept adult responsibility escapes to a mythical world without rules or boundaries, and upon returning to the world in the form of a man he must take action against Van Pelt, a man-hunter from the jungles of Jumanji who has been following him; a manifested representation of the bully father figure that he…

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★★

    Do you know what I hate?
    I hate how much I enjoy this movie unconditionally despite all of its shortcomings and plodding sequences. It's not a perfect movie, or even a perfect high school movie, but god damn it's got charm and humour and heart enough to win you over again and again. I love it.

    (Notes from a well overdue 2021 rewatch:

    Heath Ledger doing the little twirl on the stairs as the big band kick in with Frankie Valli’s Can't Take My Eyes Off You… that’s all.

    The final poem reading and Julia Stiles’ utterly sincere delivery ripped my heart into tiny bits.)