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  • Calvary

    Calvary

    ★★★★

    I loved The Guard and assumed this would be a black comedy in the same vein, but boy howdy was I wrong. Fecking devastating. One star deducted for Kelly Reilly's character who was far too Cassie from Skins meets every weepy romantic suicidal gal miraculously cured by some time in the countryside and a good conversation with their dad for my liking. Ever other bit of over-the-top characterisation is negated by Brendan Gleeson's fucking fantastic and understated performance. It's brutal…

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★½

    decided to watch a funny movie for once and I'm glad I did.

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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★★★★

    I feel certain that in much the same way we found out 50 years after the fact that Jackson Pollock's action painting was CIA-funded anti-communist propaganda, we will one day in the future learn that The Predator (2018) was the first publicly released feature length film written entirely by a bot. The shadowy actors behind this undertaking (presumably the army, the CIA, probably Elon Musk) must have fed an algorithm every alien-action film ever made over the last 40 years…

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★★

    The first time I watched this film I knew nothing about it other than what I gleaned from the very B-grade mega-80s poster and the little descriptor paragraph up on SBS on demand. I thought I was in for a bit of a tacky ozploitation film about a badass babe on a motorbike. Initially, that seems like what you get, but somewhere along the way, in between the cheesy 80s editing techniques and the almost laugh out loud trope-y shots…