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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★½

    Beyond the fame and legacy and 80s zeitgeist this musters up, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is one of the finest family blockbusters ever made, and Spielberg's greatest achievement; charm and endearment personified, a tale of love and friendship and beating the big bad guys. Insane how this (perhaps unconsciously) has had such a huge part in cultivating the mind and morals of generations of children. Kindness and humility FTW.

    Just truly beautiful in every sense of the word. If you are…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    I can understand why a lot of casual film-goers responded negatively to this astute period horror when it first reared its (goat) head back in 2015, but at the same time, I physically cannot see how anyone could not be shaken to the core by Eggers' astonishingly atmospheric "New England Folktale". Unnerving, disturbing, confusing, maddening... The list goes on. It is a remarkably unique sight in 21st Century Horror, but goddamn does it do its job as a horror film.…

  • Dead Set

    Dead Set

    ★★★½

    Hilarious and terrifying in equal measure. The genius central conceit and fabulous performances go a long way, but its typical Brooker social commentary shite could have been cut down and, while it starts off strong, leads to an unsatisfying ending. However, Jaime Winstone is great and Davina McCall as a flesh-destroying zombie is unmissable.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely timeless cinema. That it is so ingrained in popular culture and yet it can remain as endlessly enjoyable and captivating as it is, really shows the film's charm, intelligence and excellence. Eighty years old this year, and it doesn't ever show. The twister sequences, in particular, are shockingly modern and Judy Garland's wondrous turn as Dorothy Gale is note-perfect from beginning to end.

    P.S: Happy New Year! And yes, the note-perfect was both figurative and literal.

    January 2019, Ranked

    Brilliant Performances
    Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies

    ★★★½

    Good old-fashioned fun!

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    ★★★★½

    Still sublimely affecting after all this time. I am forever bowled over by Saoirse Ronan's superb talent and presence, and forget just how much I adore her and her work until her face is right in front of mine. She is completely the heart and soul of this beautiful film.

    My previous review, I would say, basically sums up my thoughts on Crowley's Oscar-nominated period piece. Lovely, lovely film.

    December 2018, Ranked

    Brilliant Performances
    Saoirse Ronan - Eilis Lacey

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★

    *English-language dub*

    Studio Ghibli are consistently one of the most creative and ardent film studios out there; outstanding examples and paragons of what animation can be and look like when made with complete devotion by master craftsmen like Hayao Miyazaki. I've enjoyed several Studio Ghibli offerings up to this point, but this was my first time watching what is arguably their most-loved feature: Spirited Away. And wow, what a ride it is!

    Exceptionally unique and constantly erupting (or perhaps regurgitating?)…

  • Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican

    Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican

    ★★½

    Great fun.

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★★★

    it's so cute i can't EVEN!!! Eli Wallach and Kate Winslet are MVPs.

  • Friends with Benefits

    Friends with Benefits

    ★★★★½

    Some random, collected thoughts about one of my favourite (and one of the most underrated) rom-coms out there:

     Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake have such great chemistry in this
     Woody Harrelson and Patricia Clarkson’s characters in this are such hoots
     They all have such pretty bed sheets
     Emma Stone and Andy Samberg are in this!!! My two absolute faves!!
     SO much charm encapsulated in one funny, sexy, amazingly enjoyable romantic comedy
     How good would…

  • Nerve

    Nerve

    ★★★½

    Occasionally corny and the plot frequently borders on the preposterous, but Schulman and Joost's direction is admirably stylistic and there are several thrilling set-pieces that keep the film interesting and fast-paced. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco are constantly engaging as our chaperones through an excitingly modern, neon city, and while it can be predictable (and the ending feels like a shit episode of Black Mirror), it almost certainly is never, ever boring.

    December 2018, Ranked

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★

    *English language dub*

    Elicits such specific feelings of love and of those endless, yet endlessly regulated, childhood memories, of days spent lazing around in a haze in green gardens; like warm hugs from grandmothers or playtimes with favourite cousins. So hyperbolic to properly assess what it is that makes this film so great (nothing really happens, at all) but it is most certainly all in the feelings it produces. Just utterly delightful - there really is no other word to…