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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

    Honestly one of the most relatable depictions of mental illness I've seen in a movie. There's so much in here that really expresses how I experience depression and anxiety.

    The sense of detachment, then those bursts where you just don't want to, can't, be alone. (When she goes to that diner with her neighbour). How you are followed by fear (here taking the form of the undead man). Those periods where you feel you're not part of the world and/or…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Flying to Melbourne to see this at MIFF on my birthday was the best idea I’ve had at least all year. What better gift could I give myself than the sight of Armie Hammer in billowy shirts and short shorts, cycling around the Italian countryside? Except, perhaps, Armie Hammer dancing to Psychedelic Furs – I never knew that was something I needed to see, but, oh, how I needed to!

    In all seriousness (well, I am serious about Armie in…

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  • The Breaker Upperers

    The Breaker Upperers

    ★★★★

    Look, I had a bloody good time watching this! I barely stopped laughing throughout the entire film. The Celine Dion karaoke scene is inspired, frankly, and one of the best things I've seen in cinema in a long time. I was actually crying with laughter. Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek make a great team both onscreen and behind the camera. It is, perhaps, a little thin on plot but I didn't notice that until after.

    It's interesting that so…

  • Crooked House

    Crooked House

    ★★★

    I just found this jumble of notes sitting in my tumblr drafts, so I'm going to go ahead and post them (more or less) as is:

    I’m going to go ahead and give this the benefit of the doubt and give it 3 stars, though it was more like a 2 1/2 star viewing for me. I think that’s largely because I went in knowing whodunnit having read the book (it’s one of few Christie novels I solved well before…

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Had to listen to One Mint Julep by The Clovers as soon as I got home. Made me very happy to hear it featured!

    I love when movies leave you feeling a little dazed - a little like you've stepped into another world when you leave the cinema - and this definitely did that for me. Made me look at everything differently, even just for a few hours.

    It is achingly beautiful (visually & otherwise); exquisitely shot (on 16mm) it is…

  • Point Break

    Point Break

    ★★★★★

    WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS FILM BEFORE?! I'm so disappointed with myself but better late than never, right?

    Any film that opens with a sopping wet Keanu Reeves, t-shirt and jeans clinging to him, shooting targets is A-OK by me. But ogling opportunities aside, this film is just so great. I'm surprised I enjoyed it so much, in a way, but then I'm also not?

    I want to write so much more about it, but I can't think of…