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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2


    Honest to god the most fun I've ever had watching a movie, an absolute delight from start to finish. It's filled with stunningly well-made scenes that swept me off my feet, heartwarming performances, gorgeous visuals, numerous setups and payoffs, and an adorable ending that made me cry tears of joy. This marmalade-flavoured, wholesome, family-friendly goodness is genuinely my favourite movie of 2017 and one of my favourite movies of all time.

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York


    Synecdoche, New York is the best film I've ever seen.

    After initially being blown away by how amazing the whole thing was and immediately deciding to rewatch the devastating last twenty minutes, I spent a very long time just thinking about the movie and all the different themes and issues it explored. It's overflowing with ideas and it took a while to process. A couple of hours later, I found myself in tears.

    It's a sprawling and ambitious film that…

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  • Ernest & Celestine

    Ernest & Celestine


    Recommended by Dylan for the Metropolis Roulette

    I mean, it's no Paddington 2... but it was charming and delightful anyway. A sweet and simple story told with a luscious hand-drawn art style and animation that made full use of the medium; what's not to love? <3

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday


    Recommended by Andrew for the Metropolis Roulette

    I absolutely adore rapid-fire dialogue and my god do they talk quickly in this. Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht's 191-page script was crammed into a mere 92 minutes and the result was an overlapping torrent of words and wit, each line cascading into your ears at a rate faster than I've ever heard the English language spoken before; even Sorkin's Steve Jobs screenplay is a page shorter and yet spread out over an…

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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation


    If you put aside the racism for a moment, The Birth of a Nation is such an immense improvement on everything that came before it. The artistic and technical innovations Griffith pioneered and developed were a welcome change to the cinematic techniques utilised by its still-heavily-theatre-influenced predecessors, and it's readily apparent how much film was advanced thanks to both this movie and Intolerance a year later. In particular, the sweeping reenactments of the Civil War battle sequences in the first…

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups


    Knight of Cups left me very conflicted. A lot of it was very ambiguous but other parts were far too explicit. For example, some of the symbolism no doubt went completely over my head (what on earth was the meaning behind the brother and dad?) but then you'd also get characters and the narrator literally spelling out ~what it all means~ within the first ten minutes of the movie. After that, the movie essentially became an exercise in navel-gazing as…