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  • It's Complicated

    It's Complicated

    Maximally cringe-inducing, awkward, laughable, immoral, contrived and human, It's Complicated is probably Meyer's most dramatologically complex film. Though unquestionably a romantic melodrama, this has hints of absurdity in it that feel inadvertently 'artistic' - 'artistic' in the sense of European art cinema; something uncanny, perturbed, non-Hollywood (maybe too Hollywood) and ever so slightly avant-garde. It's then hard to objectively confront this thematic bellow of coherent ridiculousness. Simultaneously enjoyable and detestable, I could not help but deeply empathise with certain elements…

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    The high concept is thrown in your face and you immediately know the ending... and then you realise it is 130 minutes away. Whilst I want to say that The Holiday is just too long, it needs every second of its run-time to pull something out of its characters. It starts out considerably shaky, constructing a romance about love of an unconventional character through figures who are contrived with what is supposed to be human fault, but what sometimes feels…

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  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    Infinitely fascinating, Meshes of the Afternoon is a film I can and have watched dozens of times and always feel like I'm approaching something new each time - and simply for the fact that it is so dense and ambiguous; that it dares you to formulate a narrative of your own. Today, I'll hazard to say that this is about a woman who loses her self - not herself, but her self - in a man and so can only…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    What makes a movie a classic? When it comes to Casablanca, I can only empathise with Ingrid Bergman and say... I don't really know.

    The cinematography is excellent, the script isn't bad, the performances are ok, the characters are fine--objectively, this isn't particularly great. In describing the phenomena of Casablanca's fame, an Italian critic has said that "Two clichés make us laugh. A hundred clichés move us". The rather cynical and disinterested part of me wants only to agree with…