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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Nice Guys

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  • The Man From Laramie

    ★★★

  • Cape Fear

    ★★★★

  • Our Father

    ★★

  • The Gift

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  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    Where does one begin writing about Twin Peaks: The Return? It's a Herculean task, because it seems impossible to talk about any of Twin Peaks without somehow talking about all of Twin Peaks.

    I suppose I should start by saying, I love Twin Peaks. It was my introduction to David Lynch, who has gone on in the intervening years to become far and away my favourite filmmaker. Look closely at my profile picture on here and you'll see it's me…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I had planned to rewatch Mulholland Drive on the anniversary of its premiere at Cannes, which in my mind was May 17th 2001. Then I found out last night that the premiere was actually on May 16th. By that point it was too late, but never one to let a technicality get in the way I decided I would forge ahead this morning anyway.

    Mulholland Drive has been my favourite film since probably my second or third viewing, where most…

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  • The Man From Laramie

    The Man From Laramie

    ★★★

    There's something nice and reliable about these Mann and Stewart Western collaborations. I'm never sure if it's that coming back to the genre after some time away feels somehow like coming home, or if it's the grounding, comfortable presence of Stewart himself, but I immediately sank into watching this in the same way one might feel about putting on a pair of old reliable pyjamas.

    Stewart this time is his usual affable self despite playing a slightly harder edged character…

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★

    It says a lot about Martin Scorsese that even when he's making something like Cape Fear, a maximalist thrill ride take on a 1960s crime procedural or - as the man himself might call it - a theme park movie, there's still a tangible level of craft and love of cinema that goes into the production. Though it does frankly seem a bit rude to not give the seemingly well deserved co-directing credit to Cocaine.

    Replacing Gregory Peck and Robert…

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    The problem with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is that I can't really talk about it without talking about my dad. I've started this review in my head several times over trying to figure out how to talk around the subject, but I don't think it's going to be possible. So, you can look at the score and bail now, confident that you know I love this film (and I do love this film), or if you like,…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Every so often, a movie comes along that feels as though it can't possibly live up to the extraordinary hype placed upon it, and then somehow manages to. Which isn't necessarily to say that I agree with the consensus reached on this site that Everything Everywhere All at Once is the third greatest movie ever made, but it is a movie that is vital and fun and funny and heartfelt in so many ways that I can understand how it's…