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  • Unorthodox

    Unorthodox

    ★★★½

    Started so strong but felt lukewarm and muddled by the end. I wanted to see more of her process of complete faithful conviction develop into dissolutionment and fear. I wanted to see more of her adapting to life in Berlin, and how things resolve with her “family” back in New York. 

    Why does someone who’s never put on makeup in her life immediately know how to flawlessly apply lipstick? Where did she learn to sing...? Many questions, few answers. Great thematic piece, but weak on overall execution.

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★★

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

    [Viewing Medium: Cinema (Event Cinemas Macquarie)]

    "This meeting of the Losers' Club has officially begun."

    Hm, gotta say? A little disappointing. I can't reasonably hold anyone at fault for this one - Muschietti had the unenviable task of working with quite literally 1200 pages of source material. King had (seemingly) a lifetime to siphon out every possible ounce of historical reminiscing and vivid character development. To try and compress that into a single three-hour treatment is a thankless venture. If…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    A triangular power play set in a Wittgensteinian nightmare, Ex Machina is an obtuse thought experiment disguised as your average sci-fi thriller. Conceptually akin to Spielberg's A.I., and visually drawn from the works of H.R. Giger, it's conceived through inspiration, while pushing its own boundaries. Somewhere in the superficial reaches of high concept sci-fi, this Philip K Dick brain child takes a cookie cutter structure, and elevates it to a riveting game of cat-and-mouse. Ex Machina constantly addresses its own…

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★½

    "Shitter Island"

    To his credit, Verbinski frames his narrative with a vivid, multisensory environment. Sadly, he can't help but colour outside the lines. For what A Cure for Wellness lacks in procedural focus, it makes up for in rich, texturally grotesque imagery. However, the magnetism of it's superficial elements (cinematography and sound design) are undercut by a messy, directionless plot that doesn't so much culminate, but instead just... ends. I love puzzles, but this one's missing too many pieces to…