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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Every single one of the four stars I'm giving this film is strictly for the visual design. It's gorgeous. Give it all the technical awards. Seriously, one of the most beautiful films you'll ever see. Next-level sci-fi aesthetics.

    But as an entertaining, satisfying standalone story? Yeesh.

    One thing I can't wrap my head around is how everyone gives out about the original cut of Blade Runner using voiceover, when this one relies so heavily on recalled dialogue and callbacks. HEY REMEMBER THIS THING WE FLAGGED AS BEING IMPORTANT NOT TEN MINUTES AGO? THIS IS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT.

    It's not pure dogshit, but it's pretty close.

  • Goon: Last of the Enforcers

    Goon: Last of the Enforcers

    ★★

    The original Goon was a genuine surprise for me. A sweary, violent sports film with a whole lot of heart. It's one of my go-to films when I'm feeling a little blue and need a picking up.

    This sequel follows the well-worn sports movie sequel trope of "guy who is good at a thing is no longer good at the thing and has to learn how to do other things". Which is fine. Some great films have used this setup…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    If you were to draw a venn diagram of three of my favourite films — Rocky, Full Metal Jacket and The Social Network — right in the middle you’d find Whiplash. In the same way that Jaws isn’t really a film about a shark, this isn’t really a film about drumming. It’s a film about obsession. It’s a film about drive and being driven. It’s a film about sacrifice.

    There’s so much to like about this film. The performances from…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★

    If Casino Royale was a post-Bourne Bond, then Skyfall is most certainly a post-Tinker Tailor Bond. For a modern blockbuster, the pace is positively glacial, and for the first time in years, we see Bond engage in actual spycraft. This is a welcome relief to the exhausting parkour and shooting that so dominated the previous films.

    What's not so welcome, though, is the fact that Sam Mendes has delivered an origin story not for the modern, 21st century Bond, but…