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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    This is an obvious blueprint for every quality  stylised thriller since (Drive comes to mind as the most prominent recent example). Melville is having obvious fun with it (obvious example: stacks of Gitanes cigarettes and rows of mineral water bottles on top of a cupboard in Costello's spartan flat), Delon redifines cool and the whole thing feels like the obverse of Point Blank (though sparser, colder yet ultimately romantic and tragic).

    Cool as fuck.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★½

    Inventive and funny but pace is too hectic and cuts are far too fast for anything to register for more than a few seconds. Ends up being tiring very quickly and even somewhat tiresome by the end. This is the same affliction that the (slightly better) Lego movie suffered from in my opinion. Im probably underrating it by a bit all things considered but I really hated the pace.

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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This suffers from the affliction that most middle films in planned trilogies suffer from: lack of a proper climax/sufficient closure. It also suffers from the same affliction that Prometheus does, namely people tend to act pretty stupidly at crucial moments (though admittedly not as stupidly as in Prometheus).

    Also, all the kills and action set pieces feel rushed and are over too quickly, blunting their impact and scare factor, something which adds to the uneven pacing of the first 45…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★½

    Almost relentlessly bleak and quite painful to watch. With every kill you feel Logan's pain deepen, his dejection increase. This is a rare superhero film which takes itself extremely seriously yet is the better for it (when my usual problem with recent-ie last decade- superhero films is that they take themselves far too seriously). A superhero film which feels nothing like a superhero film. I guess you could say its a mutant.