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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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  • Death at a Funeral

    Death at a Funeral

    ★½

    Mistakenly watched the start of this whilst trying to find the original British film (which is great). Decided to revisit the remake afterwards to compare, and oh god, it's terrible! It's exactly the same story but they fail to land a single joke. Yet another example of British comedy not translating over the Atlantic. Why do they keep trying with these kinds of remakes?

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★★

    It's truly remarkable what is possible on the back of a great script alone.

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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★½

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

  • 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…