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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★½

    Gasper Noé's Climax is an intense, visceral experience. One that I hope everyone gets the chance the experience on the big screen.

    The story follows a group of French dancers rehearsing in an empty school building. The opening dance sequence is spectacularly choreographed. 10 minutes all in one take, completely mesmerizing to watch. After this, order collapses as someone spikes the sangria with LSD. This is where Climax hits its stride. Its energy is infectious, it drags you in as…

  • 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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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    So in my original review for Roma, I didn't get a chance to write my thoughts. Partially, because I wanted to make a point (and several others had sung its praises already) but I also was curious to see how Roma held up on a home viewing. His previous film, Gravity, didn't hold much quality when watching at home in my opinion (although something has to said about my general dislike for it in the first place). Roma is every…

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★½

    If Beale Street Could Talk is an absolutely stunning film. Barry Jenkins has meticulously crafted every scene to perfection. Everything from the colour pallet to the costume design to the framing has been thought out. The presentation is gorgeous, perhaps not as gorgeous as moonlight but to top that would be no small feat. The cinematography and the soundtrack are beautiful. The film is also very well written, the dialogue is natural and compelling. The entire cast does a great…

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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…

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★★½

    Velvet Buzzsaw’s critcism of the art industry isn’t exactly a fresh take but the presentation is unique. I enjoyed the satirical elements of it despite the lack of subtlety. I only wish Velvet Buzzsaw took it a step further. It should have been more manic and absurd. Not all of the comedic elements in Velvet Buzzsaw land well. Equally, nor do all the horror elements, it should have been more gory. If Velvet Buzzsaw took it that step further I…