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Miami Vice is above these; it's a masterpiece of clutching and teary glances

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  • The House by the Cemetery
  • 'R Xmas
  • Loft
  • Mary Magdalene

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  • Last Night in Soho

    ½

  • Coming Home in the Dark

    ★★★½

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    ★★★★

  • Benedetta

    ★★★★

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  • Coming Home in the Dark

    Coming Home in the Dark

    ★★★½

    I read a review where the author said that they can imagine that New Zealand is this empty.
    But this is a myth made by the colonists, encouraged by artists, and promoted worldwide by the likes of Campion and Jackson. In the mid twentieth century pākehā artists 'developed' a 'national' painting style, characterised by many things, but for the purposes of this review - mostly planes of uninhabited rolling hills of pasture. The inference being that New Zealand was an…

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    The homes in Miami Vice are empty. Not just of quotidian accoutrements, but of movement, noise, life, energy. They are just houses, not homes. Rico says to Alonso, 'you don't... you don't need to go home' because his home isn't a home anymore, but Isabella's is no home, neither is Nicholas', and Trudy is too alive to even get past her front door.

    Every other scene/frame/location is full of energy transfers and information, light. The camera wobbles, taking everything in…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ½

    Turgid pacing, incompetent editing, ham exposition etc etc etc aside (not to mention the politics, and the 2020 horror of seeing a blue lives matter march) Nolan did us one favour. He may have ruined Joseph Gordon Levitt and Christian Bale’s sex appeal for women (in favour of making them sex symbols for hetero GQ reading men) but in covering Tom Hardy’s plump Thomas Hardy lips with that ridiculous mask and making him bulk way past what his frame can hold, Nolan inadvertently upholds Hardy’s place in Cosmo. Also commies are just hotter than billionaires  and cops