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  • The Father

    The Father


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm at a loss for words on how to describe how incredible this was.

    I've been meaning to watch this since I first heard about it (a few months ago now) and never watched the trailer as I didn't want to 'spoil' it for myself.

    Whilst I don't have any personal experience with Alzheimer's (or Dementia in general) I still found this to be a deeply touching film.

    The performances are just outstanding, by far Anthony Hopkins' best performance, he…

  • Nomadland



    Probably my most anticipated watch of the year and it really didn't disappoint.

    Frances McDormand was astonishing, definitely her most memorable performance in recent years. The story was not something I was prepared for, I don't know much about the 2008 crash and what happened after, but this does a really good job at depicting what life must be like for the people that went through it.

    Chloé Zhao is one of the most exciting new directors working today, The…

Recent reviews

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall


    There's something about these older Allen movies that's so special, maybe it's because we didn't know back then so we see them in a different light, or maybe it's because stuff like Midnight in Paris and Cafe Society, whilst good, just aren't to the same level.

    Like many other films of his from this era, it's brilliant, the story is engaging, has fun moments, but is still serious enough to be considered a strong drama, the casting is spectacular, and the score compliments everything so well.

    We also once again have beautiful cinematography by the great Gordon Willis.


  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused


    I'm trying not to rewatch films as much this year, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see a classic Linklater on the big screen.

    Even since my first watch, I've liked Dazed and Confused, but with each rewatch, I just seem to like it more and more. It feels real, the story is fun and engaging, the performances are solid for mostly first-time actors, and we get to see a young McConaughey, Affleck, and Zellweger, so what's not…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America


    Ok yeah, it lives up to the expectations.

    I think like everyone, I was putting this off because of the runtime, but this is now officially the longest film I've watched by a minute, well, until I get around to Satantango...

    But it was absolutely incredible, the story is enthralling, but actually feels complete, the performances were outstanding, the score perfectly completed the gorgeous cinematography, and I actually don't feel like it could have been shorter.


  • Manhattan



    This is one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.

    Don't worry, I'm not talking about the story, because that's a bit too close to Woody's personal life, and we all know what happened there...

    But it was Gordon Willis' cinematography that just left me in awe, every scene, shot, and frame was just perfect in how it was composed and lit, I felt as though I couldn't take my eyes away. The use of Black and White also…