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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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  • Halloween: H20

    Halloween: H20

    ★½

    Ignoring the timeline of Halloween 4 - 6, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later opens with Mr. Sandman playing (yay!) and then proceeds to be boring for an hour. Jamie Lee Curtis is back, but unfortunately her character now has a whole bunch of baggage and bullshit to deal with, none of which is interesting or worth investing in. Some clunky parallels are drawn between Victor Frankenstein having to face his monster and Laurie having to face Michael, but there's really…

  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

    Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

    ★½

    This is a review of the theatrical cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. I hear the producer's cut is superior, but I'm not very interested in watching it if I'm honest.

    Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is 100% incomprehensible and a low point in a franchise that should have ended a few films previous. The only reason to watch this limp franchise extension is for the actors involved. It's interesting to watch Paul Rudd in an early…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    First Reformed feels like this generation's Taxi Driver, mixed in with Bergman's Winter Light, and made with very modern ideas. It is about one damaged man on a journey that he cannot be diverted from. He is a reverend, able to observe society as an expected listener. He can see the problems of the world, those who cause them, and a way to fix them. The bad deserve to die for their wrongs, the good deserve to die for the…

  • 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:…