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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden 2016

    ★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2016

    Very neat and mostly fun twisty black comedy from Park Chan-wook that drops the ball quite spectacularly in its lurching second act. Some great production design and entertaining performances lift the script, which is far too much concerned with exposition (as most dodgy con capers are).

  • Staying Vertical

    Staying Vertical 2016

    ★½ Watched 07 Aug, 2016 2

    Refn's new one has been unseated as the biggest load of wank to play MIFF this year.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 6

    Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.

    The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 5

    I'm not entirely sure what this film thinks it is, throwing so much shit at the wall and hoping something profound sticks. I do know, though, that without that really good drum score it would have been a whole lot more dull to sit through; we witness the process of the film figuring itself out, messily and unconvincingly over its far too long runtime.

    Norton was great, if you want to tackle self-obsession and ego in art and theatre, make…