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  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★

    Genuinely shocked at this film's reception by both critics and general audience.

    Unbearably dull, dreary and unremarkable. This sleep-inducing history lesson has a few cool shots and some good performances but it is lifeless and leaves you as such.

    I just cannot!

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★½

    Gave it a rewatch as promised, this time at home of course and yet the same issues. The only considerate difference being that I appreciated its craft and technical prowess more because I wasn't consistently thinking about how disappointing and dull the whole affair was.

    To some extent I was also more taken back by and could clearly see the problematic way female characters were used in the narrative. As bodies to exploit and gaze upon, to service and make…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Around the World in May-ty Days Challenge
    Movie #20 - Stalker (Russia)

    I am a great admirer of the shockingly amazing, Andrei Tarkovsky. I love and worship his work, he definitely knows his craft. While his work doesn't entirely resonates with me on emotional or personal level per say, it always blows my socks off whenever i see it. I can spend hours trying to absorb the beauty that is there in his every single shot. His deliberately paced, slow…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Master Miyazaki has made many movies where relatively younger protagonists, mostly female, are put up against something that they need to fulfill, experience, learn from and grow up. This is a very simple movie which has two young daughters of a professor in the postwar rural Japan, moving into an old house so that they can be near to hospital where their mother is recovering from some unnamed illness. There are some friendly wood spirits in that area who interacts…