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  • The Go-Between

    ★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

  • The Young and the Damned

    ★★★★½

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    ★★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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  • The Go-Between

    The Go-Between

    The Go-Between is a very respectable movie, though my interest in it remained rather low. The story is one of class and love, almost all told through the eyes of a young boy who acts as an observer and cannot understand events. The film is one of an affair seen indirectly. However I found the majority of The Go-Between to be pretty dry and there was a limit on how much I could care about these boring, repressed posh people.…

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

    Transgressions of the body. Crimes of the Future is Cronenberg at his most distilled, a film so explicitly about the body and its horror. A recurring theme in Cronenberg's work is the fear of not being able to control our body. Obviously this has political implications, from trans right to abortion law, and Crimes of the Future is more about ideas of control than it is a horror movie. Instead its plot is one of political intrigue and mystery.

    The…

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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…