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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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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    ★★★★

    I’m probably the only person who went to the theatrical rerelease of the second Kill Bill without seeing the first instalment beforehand, but that’s just because Volume 1 walks so Volume 2 can run. The short, snappy, shallow predecessor was the dumping ground for Tarantino‘s orgiastic, blood-soaked immaturity, allowing him to get it out of the way before making an actual movie. The story starts to breathe with lived-in detail, emotion finally festers in carefully-held frames, caricatures become characters - real, living, complicated.…

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★½

    There are about fifty good music videos in this and not a single good movie, but there’s definitely an interesting one. Dividing his black-centric story into two very distinct halves and using techniques that pushed my tiny theatre’s screen and speakers to the limit, Trey Edward Shultz certainly can’t be faulted for a lack of ambition. What he can be faulted for is using his ambition in ways so sloppy, so stubborn, so carelessly self-serving. It Comes At Night was one…

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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…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Full of flaws that will be exaggerated and features that will be ignored, but in my currently overwhelmed and sleepy state, the former take precedence. Like the last Star Wars trilogy-capper, Revenge Of The Sith, J.J. Abrams’ The Rise Of Skywalker is wildly rushed and wildly overstuffed, but not because the previous films didn’t do enough for the story. Rather, it’s because this one does too much, needlessly bogging itself in an interminable mess of macguffins and mini-quests that largely ignores the…