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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express


    A kaleidoscopic whirlwind of love, life, and longing amongst an urban environment teeming with vibrancy. Chungking Express is a mood piece filled with yearning and overflowing scenes all about feeling rather than thinking. Of all the films I've seen over the last twelve months, I'm struggling to think of one which has affected me more than Chungking Express. I think about it all the time. I listen to the soundtrack when I write. It has inspired me, in both my…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is it. The greatest American movie since blockbusters became a thing. A film so clearly made within the limited scope of commercial Hollywood filmmaking - popular source material, A-list lead, large effects budget - but so unequivocally artistic and profound. It only gets better with each viewing, growing in textual richness and philosophical depth. 

    Ridley Scott's vision in Blade Runner is absolutely unparalleled, showing a technical proficiency few have ever acquired. The lighting, the sets, the props: so dynamic,…

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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Fucking hell, this was shite. To be honest, I'm only mildly interested in the Cloverfield franchise but this film starred Zhang Ziyi and Daniel Brühl so I just had to watch it. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, and David Oyelowo as added bonuses, I assumed The Cloverfield Paradox must have something to offer. However I've never a movie with such a disparity between the talent of the cast and the quality of the film. There's no good performances and not…

  • A Man There Was

    A Man There Was


    A Man There Was is pretty great for the silent era and important for its place in the history of Scandinavian cinema. Like Sjöström's usual work, it has some social moralising and a very poetic sensibility. There's some earlier Sjöström films I marginally prefer but this is correctly regarded as one of his very first classics.

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  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour


    I'm a huge history nut, with particular interest in modern and political history. So I'm quite knowledgeable on Winston Churchill (or at least, I've read a full biography on him) and have a few thoughts on him. My close friends who I've discussed history and/or politics with (usually drunkenly) have experienced what I'm going to dub "the Churchill conversation" which is where I basically argue that Winston Churchill is the most overrated person in history. To put my argument succinctly:…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia


    A classic I can't believe I haven't seen before (then again, there's so many I'm missing), Lawrence of Arabia is a magnificent piece of grand filmmaking. Every single shot in Lawrence of Arabia is so beautiful and there's many fantastic moments that filled me with awe. It is the epic to end all epics. The scale is phenomenal and the swell of history carries it forward as if we are actually witnessing the past. Coupled with some brilliant edits and…