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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★

    The long awaited follow up to Jennifer Kent’s globally acclaimed debut The Babadook, The Nightingale has a similar intensity, brutality and modernising take on a traditional genre. The antipodean western is a well established sub genre, with films like The Proposition or The Tracker exploring the modern legacy of the continent’s colonial past. Though the films with which this has the most in common are, narratively speaking, True Grit, specifically the Coen brothers remake, and Bone Tomahawk, stylistically, although the…

  • Horse Girl

    Horse Girl

    ★★

    Unfortunately, despite a strong central performance from Alison Brie, I was really left feeling rather perplexed by what this film was seeking to accomplish or get across. It employs many of the same signifiers as a typically quirky indie comic-drama like Unicorn Store, but the main character's quirkiness quickly devolves into a serious mental health disorder with a sci-fi theme and the film just fails to create a sense of overall meaning or purpose from its thinly sketched ideas. It's…

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  • A Trip to the Moon

    A Trip to the Moon

    ★★★★

    Although far from the first film, Georges Melies La Voyage dans la lune has gone down in history as the film that brought cinema to the wider world. The film's style blends theatrical tradition and staging, framed entirely as a play, with the liberating effects of cinema, using editing and overlaying technology to create "magic a la Melies."
    The story borrows heavily from H.G. Welles' The First Men in the Moon, popular at the time, but leaves out the story's…

  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★½

    This was one of my most anticipated movies of the last year, since it’s Norwegian and I’m in Switzerland I didn’t get to see it in theatres, which is a shame as a lot of it would’ve looked great on a big screen.
    The film follows Thelma, a young Christian girl just arrived at university who begins to experience seizures and later strange, troubling phenomena after she begins to fall for a girl in her class. It’s a bit obvious…