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  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Workers for the Good Lord
  • The Blackout
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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • Spencer

    ★★★★

  • Pauline at the Beach

    ★★★½

  • Zeros and Ones

    ★★★½

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    Mental illness as horror cinema is always hit or miss with me, but Larraín’s adherence to the visceral, immersive style first presented in Jackie effectively straddles the harrowing nature of its historical backdrop and the far-fetched camp of its fictionalised plot beats. I was reminded throughout of Phantom Thread, a train of thought undoubtedly influenced by the films’ shared composer, Jonny Greenwood, who produces a jazzy, screeching and powerful accompaniment. Nevertheless, the ideas of tradition as a stronghold, a trap…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★½

    Works as a movie at parts, but as a musical not so much -- struggle to see how trying to 'reinvent' the musical as crowd-pleasing festival fodder is any more or less grading and condescending to the genre than when Hollywood Oscar hounds try to do it. Primarily a rock and pop group, Sparks seem to have no real grasp on how musicals should be structured and performed; after some punchy motifs early on, the melodies devolve into Adam Driver…

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ½

    What happens when you combine the obnoxious visual approach to music of Baz Luhrmamn, the historical revisionism of Tarantino, the rapping ability of Will Smith and the problematic whitewashing of a ninth grade history textbook with the intolerable narcissism of Lin Manuel Miranda? Hamilton!, A frighteningly popular piece of music theatre that asks young people to look up to slave owners who set up the apparatus of systemic racism that still cripples the lives and socioeconomic development of millions of people…

  • Rhubarb

    Rhubarb

    The Films of Karsten Runquist

    Pine (2018), Rhubarb (2020) & Wave Sounds (2020)

    The essence of the cinematic art form is something much debated and discussed by film scholars, artists and regular moviegoers for more than a century now, but if there was one overriding point that could most likely provide the through line between all of these arguments it would be that a film, like any work of art, must “say” something. It must try to convey a message, or…