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  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

    This review is going to be a personal and schmaltzy mess. You have been warned.

    This was not the plan.

    Today I was going to finish the script for my new short film. But I just couldn't. The main reason was certainly writer's block which is something I'm used to by now, however the pressure of making it out of the hellscape that is high school into university and then a career just scares me.

    I know for a fact…

  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    I fear for spoiling as there are plenty of you that have this on your watchlist, so I'll keep the plot discussions to a minimum.

    I've come to a sudden realisation that the very best films, or at least the very best experiences for myself, are film that strike a perfect balance between making the audience think and making them feel.

    Satoshi Kon's multi-layered masterpiece Millennium Actress is a perfect example of just that. The story follows Genya Tachibana, a…

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  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

    Two lost flawed souls, looking for something or perhaps someone to help make sense of it all.

    What allows Maniac to separate itself from other multi-faceted tech stories where reality and fantasy are blurred (there's plenty believe it or not) is its vehement focus on mental illness. Where other properties would tuck schizophrenia, anxiety or depression in their back pocket to never refer to them, certainly not by name, Maniac doesn't hold back because let's face it, that was never…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★

    The portrait of an elusive hitman who never loses. Alain Delon's portrayal of Jef Costello is as ingenious as the methodical persona of Costello's every move - a pitch perfect casting that draws the viewers attention to every puff of smoke, glance of suspicion and rattle of keys. Momentary moments of fear and loss amalgamate into trepidation for the emotionless killer, as the pressure builds up and he has no other choice than to embody the samurai.

    They say the Oxford dictionary definition for 'cool' has Le Samouraï pictured next to it - you won't find me disagreeing.

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