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  • Day of the Outlaw

    Day of the Outlaw

    ★★★★★

    Obviously an influence on The Hateful Eight, this is clearly the superior blizzard western complimented by fatalistic direction from the severely underrated André De Toth. Perversely sexually charged, praise is to be given where the film allows the threat of violence to simmer and tensions between the cattlemen and outlaws threaten to bubble over, De Toth's economic and always impeccable framing and blocking maintaining the power dynamics between the two morally ambiguous sides of this frozen to the bone anti-western.…

  • The Last Boy Scout

    The Last Boy Scout

    ★★★★★

    "Nobody likes you. Everybody hates you. You're gonna lose. Smile, you fuck."

    Perhaps one of the most miserable films ever made. This is exceedingly vile cinema populated by despicable characters at it's repulsive moral centre, but Tony Scott is smart enough to never frame Willis and Wayans as "cool guys", but just allows the ugliness of the script to do the work it has to do while illuminating the America that this takes place in as utterly abhorrent. This is…

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    Thank fuck I didn't pay to see this.

    On a second viewing it only really solidified everything I thought the first time around... I don't know what Iñárritu is trying to prove here apart from his own brilliance. He doesn't even understand the filmmakers he blatantly steals from - the rhythms and associative qualities shared between Malick's images and cutting style are grossly misinterpreted here, the savagery completely discordant from the chosen aesthetic.

    This is stunt filmmaking, engineered from the…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    The exact moment in which Alejandro González Iñárritu shows his full hand comes close to the end of the film - where he holds his camera for a prolonged amount of time on the audience of Keaton's broadway production. As the audience is engulfed in furious applause, it becomes infuriatingly obvious that the film equates to nothing more than two hours of smug self congratulation, produced, written, directed, and most importantly starring Alejandro González "capeshit btfo" Iñárritu. Swapping structural gimmicks for visual ones, it has never been more apparent that Iñárritu has nothing worthwhile to say.