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  • The Scar

    The Scar

    ★★★

    'The Scar' questions where individual responsibility lies within a network of bureaucracy while a chemical factory is being built in a deprived region of communist Poland. Krzysztof Kieślowski's debut is effective in criticising the dissonance between governing boards who claim to be representing the interests of their local community whilst prioritising national and party objectives, highlighting the lack of social agency in communist states without proposing for their entire deconstruction.

    The film is unfortunately let down by a script that…

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★½

    What attracts someone to becoming a boxing champion? To endure the mental and physical challenges of dedicating you're entire life to a combat sport takes the right individual, but the qualities needed to reach such a place of glory can also be the agent of ones demise. Martin Scorsese's 1980 biopic 'Raging Bull' deconstructs the facets of masculinity encompassed by protagonist and real life boxer Jake LaMotta, exposing his heteronormative obsessions as the poison that unravels his life.

    Insecurity, paranoia,…

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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    From the opening credits of 'Shiva baby' you'd assume you were watching a horror movie, and in all honesty that's not far from the case. Shiva Baby follows Danielle, a young bisexual Jewish woman who runs in to her ex-girlfriend, her sugar daddy and his wife and child at a Shiva. The ensuing 80 minutes is a tension ridden nightmare in which Danielle must dodge these dilemmas alongside an onslaught of never ending relatives who excruciatingly judge her every life…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    I was really worried going in to Apocalypse Now... This is a film I've put off watching for years and in that time I'd heard so much praise being sung for the film that I thought it would be impossible for it to match my expectations. However, within the first ten minutes all my anxieties swept away and I became strangely entranced in a way which very few films can do in their opening acts; from the moment I first…