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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…

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  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother

    ★★★★

    A treatise on womanhood and motherhood in many forms, All About My Mother is a film which succeeds entirely because of the interactions between its female characters. They share experiences and emotional bonds, and the web around them tightens through their created commune. This is a film where the characters want to cry, or bang their head on the wall, but they still try their best to live with what they have. All About My Mother touches on many difficult…

  • Madeleine

    Madeleine

    ★★★

    Since my views on David Lean received criticism after my review of Great Expectations, I will refrain from repeating them here. But David Lean really knew how to maximise visuals, and in Madeleine he makes great use of weather as well as some beautiful deep focus aesthetics. The first half of Madeleine is really interesting, with some tender romance that eventually peels away to reveal a cynical world where love doesn't have a say and no love is truly pure.…

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    My 1,000th Review

    ***Mild Spoilers***

    When you look at a railway track, with two parallel lines that travel forever to  reach the horizon, you realise how long it takes for those two lines to eventually seem to touch. In Paris, Texas it takes a very long time for characters on the same destructive path to finally connect. This applies in multiple ways. Travis, played by the legendary Harry Dean Stanton, takes a long time to re-sync his life with his…

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★½

    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:…