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  • Æon Flux

    ★★½

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

  • Superbad

    ★★★½

  • The Replacement Killers

    ★★½

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  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★½

    Figuratively and literally an immersive film, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s irriguous documentary LEVIATHAN is equal parts cinematic feature and experimental video art. Despite common associations of intellectual abstraction with that latter assignation, any academic-philosophic goals of this unique work are met via a complete surrender to the pure, visceral seagoing experience. In making this choice the filmmaker-artist-researcher duo have ironically created one of the most stunning examples of abstract cinematic art brought to the big screen.

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  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★½

    While Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev missed out on the 2014 Palme d'Or, instead taking home the Best Screenplay award (with co-writer Oleg Negin) for LEVIATHAN, he wasn't far behind the competition's supreme winner, WINTER SLEEP. Working with a similar level of rigour and harnessing uniquely beautiful locations, Zvyagintsev offers his own view on power imbalance with this small town David-vs-Goliath tale. Unlike Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film, though, his protagonist comes from the other side of the tracks.

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  • Æon Flux

    Æon Flux

    ★★½

    I used to watch Æon Flux in the 90s on LIQUID TV (which probably played via our short-lived local MTV feed) with a friend who is an animator. We both dug the style and chaotic nature of the stories (like the fact that Æon often died at the end of episodes just to be respawned in the next with no mention - as later mirrored as a more self-conscious and more frequent feature in SOUTH PARK with Kenny).

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Finally wrapped up the SW movies for the kids. I do like the various ways they connect this to the wider story both before and after. Kids consensus is that Donnie Yen is the man: word.

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  • Meander

    Meander

    ★★

    Meet CUBE's shitty younger cousin, TUBE.

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    Safety Not Guaranteed

    ★★★★

    Excellent indie rom-com with more feel-good factor than I expected but it carries it well. Ostensibly a time-travel piece (genre flavour of the month!) the film's primary interest is in subverting mainstream rom-com tropes and character stereotypes; a goal which it achieves most admirably. Fun, funny, and possessed of an honest warmth lacking from many Hollywood productions of this nature, even the broad, physical comedy in this worked for me. Well worth seeing. Also, Aubrey Plaza...swoon.