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  • The Forest of Love

    The Forest of Love

    ★★★

    Deranged Netflix epic from Sion Sono that harks back to Cold Fish and Guilty of Romance, for better and worse. Messy (in all senses), rambling and overlong. Don't even try to extract coherent meaning from it, even as it probes ideas such as the impact of abuse.

    Yet there's a fascinating frenzied energy to it - Sono's rarely 'boring', and such is the case here. Nowhere near as sharp as his best, but when it's weird and intense there's definitely the spark of a director who gives not a single solitary shit.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    No country for Goodfellas (bet someone’s said that before but I don’t care). A captivating autumnal take on Scorsese‘s best-known formula. A richly textured, melancholic thing right down to the music. Pacino, pardon my language, is fucking sensational.

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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★½

    Sigh... another bloody masterpiece from Wes Anderson.

    Diving ever deeper into the seemingly boundless possibilities afforded by his singular filmmaking approach, Isle of Dogs is a whirlwind of ideas. It's extremely funny, astoundingly crafted, and easily one of his most moving efforts at times.

    It makes perfect sense that Japan proves an ideal setting for Anderson's sensibilities. He embraces the cultural and artistic history of the country in a way that is far, far from tokenism, with various styles from…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★

    Age of Ultron is nothing. It just is what it is, a shrug of the shoulders. It does nothing well, it does nothing incompetently, instead occupying a plane of total mediocrity which frankly is almost worse than being an out and out disaster. There's no sense of style, everybody feeling like they're running on fumes, just enough to get over the finish light before the (infinity) gauntlet starts all over again. I'm a long-time fan of Joss Whedon, but his…