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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    “We are not leading the lives we are meant for. We are meant for something else.” 

    Seeing Knight Of Cups in January 2016 was perhaps the worst cinema experience I’ve ever had. The screening was full of couples who loudly debated whether or not they should leave and strangers who called across the room to each other to discuss how “pretentious” it was, offering no courtesy to fellow filmgoers and no justification for their misplaced judgment. The word “pretentious” is rarely used…

  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Moved To No. 2 In “2018 RANKED” :) 

    Lisa: “I know you’re going through a lot, so I decided to be generous today.” 
    Arturo: “You are everyday.” 
    Lisa: “What’s that?” 
    Arturo: “You’re generous everyday.” 
    Lisa: “Oh, well. Thank you Arturo.” 

    Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls is an incredible movie, warmly comforting without shying away from the aching melancholy of its subject matter, and one of my all time favourite films. Following a day in the life of the workers at…

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  • BEYONCÉ

    BEYONCÉ

    ★★★★

    Beyoncé‘s  2016 album Lemonade caused quite a stir in both the music and movie worlds, accompanied by a 46 minute film that smashed its way to critical acclaim, audience adoration and numerous end-of-year/end-of-decade lists. I wasn’t particularly interested in music bath then, especially hers, but everyone was talking about the movie Lemonade. Weirdly, seemingly no one talks about her 2013 visual album, a self-titled concoction of colour and contrast and cool sexuality that is less focused than its successor but often just…

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    A major, massive work, piling on cinematic invention and thematic complexity until it becomes bigger than itself, sprawling but sharp, a towering monument to a towering man. The first hour unfolds like a hip, jazzy tale with inflections from the gangster and musical genres (complete with an exhilarating dance number that puts many actual movie musicals to shame), shot through with boisterous enthusiasm and swanky stylistic invention, as Spike Lee satisfying his fun-lovin’ tendencies before getting to the meat of…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★

    MCU RANKED - The Road To Endgame :) 
    ADDED TO 2019 RANKED :) 

    Avengers: Endgame is not great cinema. Many fans will no doubt insist that it is, lauding it as some kind of perfect masterpiece or the peak of its genre in the days and months and years to come, confusing their high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction with high levels of quality craft. Enjoyment and satisfaction are extremely valuable things, however, and a movie doesn’t need to be…

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★½

    ADDED TO "2019 RANKED" :) 

    More like Hell-NO, amiright? Neil Marshall’s needless and very R-rated Hellboy is a disaster, a movie so clearly reworked in post-production that it committed the unforgivable sin of giving me Suicide Squad flashbacks, traumatic recollections too-easily supported by the momentum-killing flashbacks, jarring needle drops and editing so obviously bad it’ll probably win the 2019 Oscar. 

    The lore-packed plot is as widely strewn and scattered as the gratuitous gore, barreling from sequence to awkward sequence with little regard for cinematic…