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  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★½

    Anomalisa: The Evolution of Kaufman’s Self-Loathing Protagonist

    Charlie Kaufman’s protagonists don’t seem to like themselves. In the opening scene of Being John Malkovich (1999) we see a puppet modelled like the protagonist John Cusack. He looks in the mirror and as he gazes at his image, he flips out and crushes the mirror. He hates who he is and wants to be someone else. Cusack is using his puppet to show the world how he feels and how he loathes…

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    35 Shots of Rum

    ★★★★

    Claire Denis has the perfect eye for capturing human beauty. The most powerful statements are without speaking.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★

    The Annihilation gene pool:

    25% Stalker
    25% Predator
    15% Prometheus/Alien: Covenant
    15% Avatar
    10% Random zombiefilm
    5% 2001
    5% Dog Soldiers (gore)

    I generally like ambiguity and endings that ask you to rethink or puzzle. Unfortunately this one doesn't really make me want to wonder or care that much. Looks just as gorgeous as it feels unbalanced.

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★½

    Better and funnier than Ted, for sure.