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  • This Must Be the Place

    This Must Be the Place

    ★★★½

    I only really checked this one out on the basis that it was free on SBS, and also it heavily features the best Talking Heads song (fight me), and David Byrne himself shows up at one point. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had quite a nice time.

    Sean Penn is giving a very interesting performance, and one that almost seems kind of terrible. His strange, almost abrasive mannerisms, and the high, kind of forced voice that…

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge

    ★★★★

    Another one of Melville's trademark incredibly austere, slow-paced, borderline meditative crime movies. This is my least favourite of his films that I've seen, (Le Samourai, Army of Shadows, Bob Le Flambeur) mostly because it feels the most thematically bereft of any of them.

    But still, I can't really think of anyone who can match Melville's precision and control of the form. I don't think this is quite his most stunning film in terms of filmmaking, (that would be Le Samourai

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  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When the chopper appears out of nowhere at the very end was the moment when cinema peaked. Everything since has been a vain attempt to match it.

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    So much fun. There isn't really a thirty second stretch in it where something amusing isn't happening, and despite it's semi plotless nature, it never drags in the slightest. The mockumentary conceit never gets tiring or feels at all limiting, the performances are all absolutely pitch perfect, and it contains the line "we're werewolves, not swearwolves". I really don't know what else you can ask for. Just a really great comedy, one that I look forward to revisiting many times.