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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

    ** Some Spoilers**

    I appreciated the social significance (and importance) of the story, the immersive cinematography, and the quiet power of the third act, but overall, one thing massively disappointed me, and that's this: when all is said and done, Moonlight is yet another movie that perpetuates negative racial stereotypes. Take a look at the main characters:

    * JUAN: Black drug dealer, who ends up dead (offscreen), probably due to drug-related violence.

    * PAULA (Chiron's mother): Black woman who becomes…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★★½

    Holy shit - this film is fantastic. I didn't appreciate it the first time I saw it, but for some reason, I was blown away on the second viewing.

    * I've been constantly listening to Daniel Pemberton's score over the last few months (it's brilliant), and that possibly made the movie resonate more.

    * The screenplay is simply fantastic. The movie is basically non-stop dialogue for over two hours, and the verbal jousting is a joy to behold.

    * So…

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  • Kill List

    Kill List

    ★★★★

    Fantastic. One of the best British films in years, and just gets better every time I watch it. For some reason, it's criminally underrated, but given the subject matter, it's no surprise that 'Kill List' didn't get a wide cinema release.

    On the surface, the story seems simple: two (ex-military) hitmen take on a new assignment for a bunch of shady businessmen, but there's so much more to it than that. It starts off as one thing, but morphs genres…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★

    This is the third time I've seen Upstream Colour, and like 'Primer' before it, the movie improves exponentially with every viewing. This is true visual storytelling, the likes of which we rarely see in US cinema, though to be honest, despite paying close attention, I still don't understand every aspect of the story (!)

    Not that it matters. I love movies that demand audience investment/active engagement, and when combined with an enticing symbiosis of gorgeous imagery and music, a hypnotic,…