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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★½

    Still Gyllenhaal's best outing, but sadly not as incredible as I remember. It's largely well-written but the direction just seems off, and I'm still not sure it knows what it's trying to say about the whole 'tenacity/insanity' dynamic - at least not in the way that something like Whiplash manages so well

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★½

    Another Hitchcock mystery, another mega fatiguing trial sequence that just bursts the whole goddamn magnificent balloon

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    I'd forgotten just how gorgeous and consistently well shot this film is (surprising given the rare absence of Robert Elswit); rather than opening up the frame to greater depth, the 65mm instead gives the introspection of Phoenix/Hoffman an overwhelming claustrophobia. 'Freddie Quell' and 'Lancaster Dodd' might also be PTA's best-titled protagonists (*Reynolds Woodcock pending*).

  • Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet

    ★★★½

    Groundbreaking science fiction it may be, the cocky and irresponsible male characters (the hallmark of sci-fi expeditions) and occasionally clunky exposition left me a little disappointed. Most frustrating of all is its portrayal of Altaira, the planet's Witless Babe - unsurprising given its 50s context but a massive waste of narrative potential nonetheless.
    Still, enjoyable enough for those *gorgeous* sets and pioneering sound design - and Robby, of course