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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★★

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

    I don't know why I sat on Under the Silver Lake for so long. Perhaps it was knowing of the mixed reception beforehand. Or, maybe I knew my expectations were high and didn't want them shattered. After all, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is one of my favourite horror movies of all time. I now regret leaving it for so long, Under the Silver Lake is unlike any other film I've seen. An ode to it predecessors whilst being unique…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

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

    Watching A Ghost Story for the first time is an experience that I'll never forget, I haven't been able to shake it from my mind since.

    The story follows Affleck, who, after passing away, returns as a white-sheeted ghost to his suburban home where his bereft wife still lives. The ghost being our vessel throughout the film. A Ghost Story explores grief, life, death, time, legacy, meaninglessness and consequence (or lack thereof), tackling several existential questions in doing so. There…

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  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★

    The Conjuring series is held to a higher standard than the rest of the films within its mini-universe. It's clear as soon as the title roles that these films take themselves more seriously than their spin-offs. More effort and care is put into the production, and it really pays off. However, this most recent installment is missing something. Chaves cannot match the atmosphere that James Wan creates in the predecessors, and in hindsight that is the glue that really holds those films together. Without it, The Devil Made Me Do It struggles to stand out in the overcrowded sea of modern horror films.

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★

    Without the numerous slow-motion sequences, Army of the Dead would only be 30 minutes long.

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    Due to exams, I've had to wait far too long to see The Favourite. It was more than worth the wait, and somehow managed to exceed my high expectations. Yorgos Lanthimos' absurdist style and tone somehow slots perfectly into a period drama. The Favourite is a hilarious, innovative film with so much to give.

    These are the greatest characters in a Lanthimos film, and I mean that as the highest compliment. Each character in the central trio is unique with…

  • Hippopotamus

    Hippopotamus

    ★★★½

    The budget of Hippopotamus is a mere £5,000. Considering that, this film is a massive achievement. It's incredible what the film manages to do despite the constraints. On my first watch, I was completely unaware of the budget and it completely stood up as a well-made, professional film. The premise itself sounds extremely cliché but it manages to avoid the usual 'girl trapped in a basement' tropes. The film actually goes in unexpected directions but does so in a way…