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    Pitch: Hey, those Unfriended movies are cool. How about we take away all of the things that make them unique, immersive and rigorous and throw them in the trash. That way, we get to be lazy and don't have to obey any of the difficult rules of the format and idiot critics will still call it groundbreaking because it still technically all takes place on screens.

    Me: Go fuck yourself.

  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    ★★★★★

    Well this was a shock. I’ve been against the grain for quite a few 2018 films but none perhaps as strongly John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’. I didn’t even bother to see this in the cinema last year thanks to the generally bad reviews but that decision now probably represents my biggest cinematic misjudgement of 2018.

    I loved this film. It’s the funniest film I’ve seen from last year, it’s almost irresponsibly inventive and ambitious…

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  • The Loveless

    The Loveless

    ★★★

    Stylish and very well directed debut from Kathryn Bigelow alongside co-writer/director Monty Montgomery. This kinda-remake of ‘The Wild One’ has tonnes of issues that are common with debuts: bad acting, stiff writing, poor pacing etc. But the directorial choices, uses of music and sound design, framing and tone are all very strong and show obvious potential that Bigelow would certainly make good on in the coming decades.

    As a debut it reminded me in tonne of Kelly Reichardt’s ‘River Of…

  • The Ice Storm

    The Ice Storm

    ★★★

    I’m going to have to come back to this at some point because I’m struggling to articulate why it never broke out of the three star territory for me.

    It’s very well made as you would expect from the great Ang Lee and the performances are strong but it really felt like less than the sum of its parts. The ensemble structure perhaps just spreads the many story threads too thinly given that the film is only 107 minutes long.…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Rewatching the 2010s: #3 - Ex Machina

    Still utterly extraordinary.

    Perfect in every way, better and deeper with each viewing, relentlessly compelling, ingeniously written, magnificently acted, beautifully designed, superbly directed and so full of potential sub-themes and hidden plot possibilities that your mind doesn’t stop racing until well after the credits have rolled.

    Certainly a contender for my favourite film of the decade.

  • Disobedience

    Disobedience

    ★★★★

    I'm not sure how popular/unpopular an opinion this is, but despite liking 'A Fantastic Woman' very much, for me this is clearly the better of the two movies released by Sebastián Lelio this year.

    This got under my skin in a big way. It's very softly spoken, it takes its time and ultimately hits me like a bullet.

    I've been saying this for years now but Rachel Weisz is the best working actress today, in fact I think at this…