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  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots

    ★★

    One paradox about my life as a critic is that it seems like the American head offices of various film distributors are more aware of my writing/work than their Irish counterparts. I’m watching a screener of Mary Queen of Scots from the American distributor, not at an Irish press screening.

    There's a lot to talk about in Mary, Queen of Scots. But, as with Fifty Shades of Grey, I'm intrigued by how exotic Hollywood seems to think cunnilingus is. In…

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    ★★★½

    The two most remarkable aspects of V for Vendetta remain how firmly anchored the film is in the politics of the Bush era, and also parts of it are somehow more relevant over a decade removed from that context.

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  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

    Maniac is Inception meets Cloud Atlas, filtered through the lens of eighties retrofuturism.

    In other words, it feels like it was grown in a lab just for me.

    Full review: the m0vie blog

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★★

    I can see why Warners sold Mowgli on to Netflix, after a long-delayed postproduction cycle.

    To be clear, Mowgli is not bad. I quite enjoyed it. At the same time, it’s a deeply weird film, surprisingly dark and earnest in how it tells its story. It is utterly unlike either of the Disney versions, but in a way that showcases how carefully those versions were calibrated to appeal to a mass audience.

    The Disney versions of The Jungle Book offered…