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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Harakiri
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • In the Mood for Love

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  • Only the Brave

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • Father of the Bride

    ★★★★

  • Morbius

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★½

    An assassin with ice-water in his veins shot in cold and calculated digital perfection. Michael Mann firmly commits to his personal new wave while stamping the exact beginning of the digital epoch.

    It can't be a coincidence that Tom Cruise's sociopath in salesman's clothing shares a name with the deeply empathic hero of Mann's crime epic Heat. They are the antithesis of one another, two sides of the same coin. All drive and commitment but no ability to meaningfully connect…

  • Duck, You Sucker

    Duck, You Sucker

    ★★★★½

    A Fistful of Dynamite aka Duck, You Sucker is universally regarded as Sergio Leone's weakest film and is commonly labelled as loose and over long by critics. It's also widely held opinion that the two stars are not competent in their accents...that last one is hard to debate. Further to this, Leone was only ever planning on producing the film and neither Rod Steiger nor James Coburn were first, second or third choices for their roles and Steiger had frequent…

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  • Only the Brave

    Only the Brave

    ★★★★

    Kosinski gives great man-myth.

    I slept on this when it came out for a variety of reasons, mainly because I thought it was a Peter Berg Movie. After Joseph Kosinski's deft and majestic Top Gun: Maverick I had to go back and check out his other work. I had the pleasure of going into this without a lot of expectation and without any prior knowledge that it was based on a real events.

    The same beautiful compositions amidst chaos stun…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    Simultaneously better than I expected and worse than I'd hoped. Raimi is still in fine form even within the studio shackles, but the script is awful and he's let down by nobody putting in the work to set up his big bad's heel turn more than having her trade shiny things with rom-com-wacky-best-friend-side-character in Wandavision.

    The central conceit - which I apologise may be a spoiler for those not paying attention (which was me prior to watching) - that Scarlett…

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