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  • Demonlover

    Demonlover

    ★★★★★

    Somehow this just keeps getting better. It's one of the most riveting movies I've ever seen, but it's also the summative statement of the 2000s in the emergent digital era: not only identifying the link between sexual desire as a human constant, our desensitisation towards increasingly extreme and taboo forms of pornographic media, the loss of individual power via surveillance, and corporate logic as a driving force - but also in how it posits the Internet as a digi-dystopic realm…

  • A Dangerous Method

    A Dangerous Method

    ★★★★★

    Now that's what I call discourse. Psychoanalytic debate disguised as awards bait. It's easy to see why people were underwhelmed by this on release, as it's equally quiet and textually dense, but its atmosphere is every bit as strange and precisely rendered as Cronenberg's more popular works. Anyway, this rewatch confirms this as my favourite of his films alongside Cosmopolis. To think that he released them back to back, a single year apart...

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★

    This is what happens when your franchise suffers a decade's worth of technological stagnation and chronically inept characterisation. No matter who reunited, kissed, hugged or died, I didn't feel a thing. And on top of that, there's no understanding of how to inventively direct action. I simply cannot understand how Marvel, with all their money and power and all the people supposedly behind their ideas, consistently fail to get fight scenes right in an ACTION MOVIE FRANCHISE.

    This movie is…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ½

    Just before our screening, Jennifer Kent stood at the front of the theatre and stated that this was the most challenging film for her to make, and crucially, she branded it as her most important (not like there was much to choose from, but okay?). And from the opening scenes, you sense that this is a Serious Film, with its 1.33:1 ratio and its dim (non-existent) colour palette recalling The Witch's aesthetic and its liberal usage of "cunt" and its…