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  • The Birdcage

    The Birdcage

    ★★★

    "I pierced the toast!"

  • Waiting for Happiness

    Waiting for Happiness

    ★★½

    I'm not sold on Sissako, tbh. Waiting for Happiness is a beautifully woven arabesque of sights and sounds and aromas, but it ends up being too festival oriented to stand on its own two feet. Sissako basically hinges his film on the novelty of these images to a western eye, while framing them in the most inoffensive, fest-friendly way possible. Which might have value, bc 'representation is important' or whatever. His kindness and his humanity is very affecting and does…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I've been trying to conjure a solid reason as to why it took me so long to watch Alien and after a lengthy period of contemplation and soul searching I have realised that there is no logical explanation in the universe within our mortal framework of reason as to why I haven't come to watch this until now, as it was no less than an awesome movie-going experience for me. And when I say 'awesome', I don't mean it as…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    Not as awful as some people have made it out to be, I don't think. If you have some sentiment for the series i'm sure you'll dig Five Armies, but Jackson did teeter on the edge of fiasco too frequently with this one. We were probably all bracing ourselves for this kind of bloated slop upon hearing his plans of wringing three movies out of that book, and the resulting broadness and bluntness of this trilogy has pretty much ruined…