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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    Third time around The Lighthouse still bangs very hard, though the cracks are showing more with each successive viewing. The thematic threads of the piece are sturdy, for sure, but the ambiguity does serve to hide some of the thinness—a better way to disguise it entirely would’ve just been to drop about 10 minutes.

    Which 10, you might ask? It’s hard to say, though I would say the father/son boss/employee dom/sub relationship chimes a semi-repetitive note by the midway point,…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★

    In his Western breakthrough, much of the Miyazaki (and thus, the Studio Ghibli) charm is already present. Split between a grounded, yet relatively whimsical vision of rural Japan, and the adjacent fantastical realm as imagined by two young children—or is it imagined? dun-dun-dun!—My Neighbour Totoro is nothing if not charming. More than that, its two young protagonists brim over with an uncannily lifelike energy, tipping between cute and mildly annoying in much the same manner real kids do (or is…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Despite the implicit shared relationship of their names, this isn't a backdoor sequel to The Host. In fact, taken on a fundamental plot level it shares little in common with the rest of Joon-Ho's filmography (itself a common trait for much of his oeuvre). And yet despite this, Parasite feels like the most structured realisation of Joon-Ho's defining traits to date.

    First and foremost, the picture's tone is playful in a sinister manner, flitting between broad comedy, no-punches-pulled imagistic satire…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★½

    It's a shame that the ecstatic horse chase sequence that carries the film past the 20 minute mark is so short, in part because it's a peak realisation of the offbeat, borderline flamboyant choreography this series has doubled down on time and time again, but also because it's at this point the plot kicks in. Wait what? Plot? At what point did the creative team get their wires crossed and think repetitive entreaties were what John Wick needed more of?…