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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    By now I think it's almost unanimously agreed upon that the first half of "Full Metal Jacket" is a masterpiece. Watching a group of young new recruits being put through the wringer by a fast talking, scathing bully of a Sergeant is both humorous and deeply disturbing. Watching R. Lee Ermey's iconic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman systematically berate and breakdown ordinary men; stripping away their humanity and turning them into killing machines is powerful to watch. And it's one of many…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    *May have a couple of spoilers if you haven’t watched the film.

    What can be said for this film by now? At this point I'm essentially shouting into the wind. However, I did want to comment on this incredible film and its equally incredible novel. Briefly diverting, I hope to god that the Coen's pick another Cormac McCarthy novel to adapt at some point in the future. Maybe (and say it quietly) "Blood Meridian" that'd be something else entirely, but…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    So, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War was simply just fine. Literally I can't find another word in the English language to describe this film. It's just more of the same with very little originality. The first time around watching the "Avengers" (2012) come together was a cinematic sight to behold. After the third entry and multiple crossovers it's hard to muster up the same enthusiasm. I don't know, watching a bunch of CGI characters punch each other for an hour straight…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★½

    As per usual I'm several months behind when it comes to the "latest releases" and I'm not sure how to approach this review. I feel as though it's pretty pointless to outline a movie that near enough everyone has seen, so this'll be more of a things I did and didn't enjoy review.

    First off the costume and set design is incredible. The society of Wakanda truly feels alive and lived in, it's among some some of the best world…

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  • 1922

    1922

    ★★★★

    1922 is a slow, methodical look at guilt and the consequences of moral compromise. Adapted from Stephen King’s novella, 1922 is a film that will divide certain audiences. After a summer of successful, suspenseful King adaptations (IT, Gerald’s Game) this acts almost as an anti-king film, it’s a film that basks in its atmosphere. It's also a film that's solely focused on its characters rather than plot. Thomas Jane stars as Wilfred James a dedicated ranch owner who conspires with…

  • The Open House

    The Open House

    The Open House is a dull lacklustre thriller from Netflix. I don't think Netflix understand yet that people wandering around an enormous empty house isn't very thrilling. The plot essentially, is about a Mother (Piercey Dalton) and her son (Dylan Minnette) moving into her sisters house whilst it's up for sale in Canada (I think) after the accidental death of her husband.

    The film was competently directed and the cinematography, staging, framing were all fine. As was the acting which…