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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    I was somewhat worried when gong into this film because of its acclaim and the manner in which it has so far been acclaimed. Reading things such as "This Generations' The Exorcist" triggered alarms in my head that horror movie reviewers usually trigger; as pretentious as this alarm is, it rings "these people don't know what they're talking about". And, not to pat myself on the back, but... I was right.

    Hereditary is nothing like The Exorcist; it isn't even…

  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    This is a film entirely immersed in a question of aristocracy's function and sense of purpose. It in turn details the laziness and order of the highest classes, depicting their strata of existence as entirely separate from any lower class and its motivation for being as incredibly unsubstantial.

    The only elements of this narrative that hold slight virtue are the fleeting senses of romance and the desires to tell the truth. However, these thematic components fail to build an structure…

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  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    The most iconic image from Modern Times is the Tramp caught in the cogs of the machinery, having gone deranged. The metaphor here is all too literal; the Tramp has been integrating into a mechanised system to the point that he lost his personal sense of morality, ethic and sensibility, taken over by conditioned impulse, in a system that does not understand his humanity - nor does it care to. This image emerges from the Great Depression era in the…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    Whilst the idea of choice is emphasised by Lanthimos in the end of The Lobster, it becomes the focus of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. In his latest film tyranny in the family becomes centralised again with outside forces and inner forces of alienation conflicting thunderously. The Killing of a Sacred Deer then follows a doctor who is harassed by the son of a patient he may have accidentally killed. The son, however, does far more than stalk the…