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  • Nomadland

    ★★½

  • Big Good

    ★½

  • Center Stage

    ★★★

  • The King's Man

    ★★½

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  • Big Good

    Big Good

    ★½

    Shit-ugly, grainy black-and-white aesthetic. Willie Nelson and Nat King Cole soundtrack. Urban underclass. The awkwardness of language. Aimlessly long exchange about how one character has pretty eyes. Voiceover summary of the plot of Jia Zhangke’s Unknown Pleasures. A Miyazaki quote. Convenience store cigarettes.

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  • Giraffe & Africa

    Giraffe & Africa

    ★★

    This short is Han Yeri’s first lead role. Disappointingly, there are no giraffes or Africa in it – indeed, Africa is really a metaphor for the mutual isolation that brings together a schoolgirl and her teacher in an affair. The film’s position on this icky subject matter is frustratingly opaque – is it supposed to be a forbidden romance between two misfits? A creepy man taking advantage of his position of power over a much younger girl? A confused adolescent…

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★★

    March Around the World 2021 - #18: France

    Prefacing this review with a confession: that famous ending was the first part of Beau Travail that I saw. That is not the way I prefer to discover movies – in fact, I would usually consider it ‘cheating’ – but I came across it in passing, via Marc Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey (I know opinions divide on that series; for me, it was a fount of cinephilic inspiration). It…

  • Boat People

    Boat People

    ★★★

    The story behind Boat People is fascinating: it was shot in Hainan, becoming the first Hong Kong production to film in mainland China, with the permission of a PRC government that had recently fought a war with Vietnam, and was therefore eager to capitalise on anti-Vietnamese propaganda. It's a reconstructed vision of the country in 1978, based on refugee accounts and comprehended through the eyes of an outsider, both literally and figuratively - the protagonist, a Japanese photographer, is an…