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  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge

    Maybe it's because I'm not French enough, but I do not understand the significance that is given to this film. For a long time, Le Samourai was the only Melville film I had seen, and I was taken by its patient character study. I next saw Army of Shadows, not particularly liking it, but more than understanding how Melville's subtle, casually realistic approach to crime and the dark underbelly of society gains notoriety. Melville's style remains bluntly understated in The…

  • mother!

    mother!

    Upon seeing this for the first time, I was very critical. I thought the first hour was bad, pretentious even, but that the second half was masterful. I feel I got a good grip of what the film was attempting to say, however.

    Upon re-watching this today, I experienced a completely different movie. From start to end, I was drawn in and entirely invested. I cannot now fault this movie. Everything is perfect. What I understood in seeing this for…

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  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    Though I can say that Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider was surprisingly good, it isn't a particularly special film; certainly above-average as a video game movie, but only by virtue of the fact that it seems to delve only into the cinematic, story-based elements of the games, which ultimately leaves this a pretty traditional action-adventure film. Furthermore, this is not very far removed from the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider films. This is especially true in terms of the structure. The Jolie…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    This is an awesome movie - the second best or maybe the best superhero film ever made (second to, or just beating out, the first Spiderman). There are a plethora of things that make this movie great, all of which come together as a perfect showcase of an epic melodrama. To start we have to look at Raimi's direction: utter genius. Spiderman 2 is, in my view, Raimi's Goodfellas. Whilst Spiderman isn't as polished and squeaky clean as Scorsese's mob…