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  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood
  • X
  • Happening
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

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  • Scream... and Die!

    ★★

  • The Iron Rose

    ★★★★

  • The Nude Vampire

    ★★★½

  • The Grapes of Death

    ★★★½

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Aside from all its fantasy trappings, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's written and directed Everything Everywhere All at Once is a film with some very down-to-earth concerns. The film's cast, dominated by the fabulous Michelle Yeoh, plays a substantial role in solidifying the strength of its narrative as it hauls both its audience and disenchanted Chinese American Evelyn Wong (Yeoh) through an interdimensional fracture that unravels reality. Yeoh sinks her teeth into the kaleidoscopic role of the overworked laundromat co-owner,…

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    The flawless attention to cinematic styles and horror tropes in the Ti West written and directed slasher film X provides the film to be something of a time capsule, reclaiming a bygone aesthetic without much modernisation or concern for contemporary tendencies in horror cinema. Set in Texas in the late-1970s, it portrays a group of six actors and filmmakers who embark on shooting a pornographic film on rural Texas property. As the group discusses their aspirations in their film achieving…

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  • Scream... and Die!

    Scream... and Die!

    ★★

    Suffering from an elaborate and far-fetched screenplay written by Derek Ford, this early directorial effort by one time Spanish comic book artist José Ramón Larraz stars Andrea Allan as a gorgeous model named Valerie Jennings. In the narrative, which is essentially a bold albeit largely unsuccessful British attempt to make a Giallo, Jennings believes she may be the next intended victim of a killer she witnessed committing a violent murder in an old country house. 

    The pacing is tedious and…

  • The Iron Rose

    The Iron Rose

    ★★★★

    Shot within the La Madeleine cemetery, the most famous cemetery in Amiens and where noted French novelist Jules Verne was laid to rest, The Iron Rose, co-written and directed by Jean Rollin, is a psychological horror given an arthouse approach. Françoise Pascal and Hugues Quester star as a young couple who, while on a date, decide to stroll through a cemetery before learning that they cannot find their way out. Both do a fine job conveying their character's fear and…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    So it's finally here, the reshot and retooled alternate version of the 2017 box office bomb Justice League. Now admittedly, Zack Snyder's films, along with those of Michael Bay, have never been able to fill me with joyous anticipation. Still, I've had protracted intentions of watching this after all the ridiculous and childish absurdities of the years of online campaigning of #ReleasetheSnyderCut. This campaign saw a loud and primarily obnoxious community insisting they were being denied access to a secret…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 is an emotionally harrowing and memorable experience. It’s a movie in which Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) utilises long takes to give the impression of it being one continuous shot, as opposed to an authentic one-shot movie such as Sebastian Schipper’s magnificent Victoria. The trick/gimmick very quickly becomes subordinate however as the story itself is so absorbing, but it’s nonetheless an extraordinary feat, and the crew spent months harmonising shots and sequences so that everything would be…