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  • Columbus
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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Valentine's Day

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

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

    A being of biblical elegance that preys on our inability to look away. The screen as a lure, pulsating, seducing us. Those desensitized to the violence and exploitation are sold, in awe of, an idea. And with mouths to feed they dream of capturing a glimpse, naively unafraid of its celestial maw.

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★

    Within the realm of maximalist cinema, there are two types of ensemble character-driven dramas: films that feature a handful of well-developed characters (i.e. Magnolia) that, narratively, in combination, achieve a desired thematic effect, and films with an overabundance of characters, where an individual character's development is an afterthought and they simply exist in support of a greater overarching narrative (i.e. Nashville.)

    Despite lacking an 'overabundance of characters,' I believe Babylon falls into the latter category. In fact, due to bland…

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

    Watching this for the first time on a 15perf 70mm print at IMAX Melbourne was quite the experience, heightened by both my love for the book and it being my first experience with this format. I plan to do a full write-up after revisiting the film, this time approaching it without the preconceptions that come from being a fan of the book. My current rating is based on these initial impressions.

  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    ★★★

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

    My initial thought coming out of my screening was one of confusion as to why writer/director Sean Durkin thought this story had to be a film. To quote Celine Song, “different stories are suited for different mediums.” And an epic that at times sounds so unreal that it could be viewed as ridiculous as the wrestling narratives that surrounded these men's lives, was undeniably limited by Durkin’s chosen medium.

    I find all the Von Erich's lives so interesting that it…

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★★

    Could've done with 90 minutes of just Isobel tbh

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    Pros:
    - Very unique take on time travel
    - Rpatz

    Cons:
    - Atrocious sound mixing
    - Virtually no character development
    - Relentless pacing
    - Kenneth Branagh's accent