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  • The Host

    The Host

    ★★★½

    I suspect I won’t be the only one revisiting some of Bong Joon-ho’s earlier work in the wake of Parasite, and there are certainly parallels here. The obvious one is that The Host also stars Song Kang-ho, but the most significant is that this film is also about family. The reverence and affection for family is present in both films - as I go through more of Director Bong’s catalogue, I wonder if that will continue?

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    Saw it for a third time, this time in IMAX. God it’s good. Now I’m slightly immune to the spectacle, I’m starting to notice new details in the production design, and the themes, and George Mackay’s outstanding emotive performance.

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  • The Great Hack

    The Great Hack

    ★½

    The information is interesting, but the presentation veers between dull and muddled. A worthy topic for a better documentary.


    The title is bad, the characters are broadly uninteresting. I kept getting the two white dudes confused. Really the only compelling character is Brittany Kaiser - watching her attempt at redemption and questioning her motives, and hearing brief snippets about her background, were the most interesting parts of this. This would have been better focusing on her and her story.

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    I love the X Men, and there was a point where it looked they turned the corner on these movies. Once Days of Future Past came out, there were way more good ones than bad ones. 

    Then Apocalypse happened. It was dumb, and confusing, and the new crop of actors were mostly disposable. None of that changes with Dark Phoenix, and now the most important story in the X Men canon has been ruined twice by the same writer. Simon Kinberg is a vandal. Nothing he’s written has been any good, get him in the bin.