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  • Peterloo

    Peterloo

    ★★★½

    'Some things will get better. Some things will never change.'

  • Asako I & II

    Asako I & II

    A rare gem in that this represents a genuine attempt at innovation in a comedic form. It also poses some intriguing ethical and philosophical questions about attraction. Are we more attracted to stability and security or to mystery and risk? Would we always be drawn to someone by appearance, whatever the context surrounding them? 

    ASAKO I & II is a dreamlike confection and a mischievous subversion of romantic comedy conventions. It also differs substantially from Hamaguchi's much admired five hour plus…

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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★

    The panic, the vomit...

    Never drink the punch at a party.

    Climax, like Enter The Void before it, performs compelling and innovative tricks with aesthetics and form. It is a nightmarish sensory overload, superbly executed by Noe for maximum distress and disorientation.

    As to what it all means - this is less clear. It feels as if Noe is teasing at political implications but leaving them purposefully ambiguous. Is the descent into hell depicted here a right wing statement about…

  • Evolution of a Filipino Family

    Evolution of a Filipino Family

    ★★★★

    '...the three of us will go on living'

    A humanist paen to stoicism and endurance, with form and content very well matched. Diaz is both frustrating and fascinating.