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  • To Sir, with Love

    To Sir, with Love

    To Sir, With Love is pretty brilliant. We've seen this re-worked many times, but looking past that fact, this holds some weight as a film about the education system and how it so often fails to teach children that they can be adults, that they should have self-respect and that they can be self-aware. Articulating these ideas quite well - certainly better than most 'teacher changes student's lives' stories - the strengths of To Sir, With Love lie in its…

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    A true, undeniable masterpiece. No matter how many times I see this, the ending still punches hard and there is still more discovered.

    Just as much a film depicting the disheveled state of society in post-war Italy as this is an allegorical journey towards reason, Bicycle Thieves is all about faith (fides, the make of Antonio's bike), or rather, its illusory nature. This then proposes a vast set of questions. How does one go on in a world of inertia…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    Justice League isn't horrific. But, it's still a DC-Snyder shit show. Starting with the good, I could point to a handful of sequences in which all the elements of cinema aren't grinding against one another and actually start to flow in the same direction. These moments of minor harmony are few and far between, but, at least they're there. Moving swiftly on, the best part of Justice League, unsurprisingly, is Wonder Woman. She is the only character who has been…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    I, Tonya is a powerful, seemingly quintessentially American, story. Much like all the great gangster movies, this poses a question to its main character: What matters more, success and purpose, or substance and meaning? What makes these narratives so powerful is the fact that the characters are not given the tools or means to properly confront this question. Rather, they fight against the world, paying dearly for their shortcomings whilst trying to formulate a response to their struggles that leaves…