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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★½

    I am not entirely sure how to interpret this film’s closing (two) scenes; the one in which Jake (Shia LaBeouf) returns to the group whilst earlier Star (Sasha Lane) was told he had been sent away, never to come back (and then the whole group starts singing along with American Honey), and the party-at-the-beach scene with an awesome soundtrack and a turtle. It’s a bit of an unsatisfying ending regarding the whole Jake-Star relationship, which now ends in the same…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★½

    As with most dramas on slavery, it intrigued me for the first sixty minutes or so, before starting to annoy me with white guilt and ‘racism is bad’ rhetoric. A bit harsh perhaps, but it has been a long time since a modern film on the subject surprised me.

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    Sofia Coppola is a director who often lets scenes speak through music, frequently employing hip indie scores - including, in this case, Phoenix, My Bloody Valentine, Air and The Jesus and Mary Chain amongst others - even when not exactly matching the time period that’s being portrayed (Marie Antoinette). Yet, in Lost in Translation I get the feeling that she for once deliberately chooses to let silence speak for itself as well; the stellar duo Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray…

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★½

    Thirteenth watch of Japanese July. A brief synopsis of Akira. It's 1988 and Tokio is destroyed. It’s 2019 and Neo-Tokyo is awesome. Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!” *Explosion* Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!” Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!” Some more beautiful animation. *Explosion* Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!!” MIND BATTLE. Bodily mutations, so many bodily mutations. “Kaneda…” “Tetsuo!” *EXPLOSIONS* “Tetsuooooooooooooo!” MIND BATTLE. More stellar animation, yet another explosion, another mind battle and some more explosions. “Kanedaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”