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  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Lola
  • The Thing

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • Holy Motors

    ★★★★

  • Death on the Nile

    ★★★

  • Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★½

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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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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    I initially viewed Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy as a decidedly minor work from Hamaguchi, especially in such close proximity to the impossibly dense and aesthetically cleaner Drive My Car, but hours later it is thrillingly expanding in my mind. Comparisons to Eric Rohmer abound, but there are also lovely shades of Jacques Demy in its shifting tonal dynamics and the contrived series of chance encounters and fateful misses; The Young Girls Of Rochefort with the sex ramped up and the colours dulled. The…

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★

    A surprise, considering I was unenthused about Kenneth Branagh’s previous Poirot outing and had found his craft extremely lacking in Belfast just one day prior. Death On The Nile has a bafflingly protracted set up and an icky tendency to favour plastic effects over actual water and deserts, but it also sees Branagh do what he does best as an actor, writer and director: silly pulp with a classical sheen. Shot in sharp 70mm (like the rest of the film), the…

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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…