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  • Osama

    ★★★★

  • Benediction

    ★★★★½

  • Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★½

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • Osama

    Osama

    ★★★★

    Osama is notable as a film made in modern Afghanistan. It depicts the era of Taliban rule in unflinching detail. The oppressive society depicted gives no rights to women, and the sense of fear within the film is palpable. It is incredibly tense at times, knowing what potential dangers the characters are in. The main character is a girl disguised as a boy, apparently not an uncommon situation, and she must contend with her society's fundamentalist religious views on sex…

  • Benediction

    Benediction

    ★★★★½

    The work of a master. Terence Davies' biopic about Siegfried Sassoon is a film made with class and intelligence. It is elliptical and derived from a collection of different moments and ideas. The visuals are detached from time, with people unstuck on the screen and moving across various backgrounds. Despite Sassoon being a war poet, this is not a film set in the trenches. It is about life afterwards and as a whole, not just a few brief years. Scenes…

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

    Bad people are complicated. There is something dark at the centre of The Lost Daughter, a film which viciously tears apart the idealism we often have about motherhood. It is a film of mothers, but not one of love. Instead we see a rot, mothers who find children a burden. The Lost Daughter is an uncomfortable movie, with a constant unease and sense of dread. We wait to be given answers, for characters to be uncovered and exposed, and yet…

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…