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  • Leaving Las Vegas

    Leaving Las Vegas

    ★★★½

    Strangely comforting, it's another one of those films about loneliness which is resigned to sadness. And Nicholas Cage tries to act like a fun drunk but there's a sense-of-resignation and depression to his drunkenness which I guess is the nuance that got him the Oscar. I think one of the reasons this sort of film is comforting is because it combines the vibrant neon Vegas setting with desolation and a slow-but-not-boring pace while following two messed up yet sympathetic characters.…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    Villeneuve seems to be much better at creating atmosphere than filling it. It's an intentional cynical choice by him at this point how he builds movies up to a slightly anti-climatic conclusion and every single time, I'm left cold when it ends. That's not to say that it's dissatisfying, it's a sleek film and I enjoyed it more than the original Blade Runner but he ends it in a way that's so emotionally cold compared to the usual Hollywood endings…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    An example of throwing everything at the sink and hoping it'll stick....some of it does quite well and in general, it's the visual side of the story that sticks as well as the acting of the Hamill-Ridley-Driver trio. Rey's character conveys a sense of determination and badass-ery that I never found in previous Star Wars characters though there's still no one with the charisma of an Obi-Wan, Oscar Isaac has the potential but gets weak lines. What doesn't stick for…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    One of the better villain's you'll see in this strange yet hilarious film. It does leave a tonne unexplained, setting up metaphors and slow scenes with no real meaning and missing some of its potential but it's done in such a stylistic and entertaining fashion. Every line being delivered by deadpan does not get old at all and leads to comedy in scenes that shouldn't have any, I would also guess that it causes different scenes to be funny for…