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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I knew I had to see this film, on a big screen or small, because the reference points and plot that I had read about in reviews sounded totally up my alley. And, well, I finally watched it and loved it. However, massive caveat: this movie is DEFINITELY not for everybody.
    The plot is full of, to quote the great Kim Newman, "weapons-grade bollocks", but it is always intriguing (who isn't entranced by the idea that the world around us…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    I was unsure about Us, Jordan Peele's new horror almost-masterpiece, until I saw it a second time. Certainly the best advice I can give is DON'T expect Get Out. This will raise more questions than Get Out and is much more open to interpretation, eg in the nature of the doubles or the social commentary aspect of the film. In the end, I still think Get Out is a better film - a clearer message about modern America and a…

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    I am constantly amazed by Paul Thomas Anderson's filmography, and this film is no different. Looking from the outside, it may appear to be a rather insular picture - a classic 50s melodrama with nothing much of note. But Anderson crafts such a unique narrative from these broken, hopeless characters with jet-black humour and swooning emotion. To start with, this is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful films I have ever seen; Anderson's DP Mihai Malaimare Jr. makes full use…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    Here, Tarantino arrives back at the top of his game, further solidifying his reputation as a director who is most at home when making movies steeped in American culture and lore (I felt that he wasn't at home in Nazi Europe in the bloated and uneven, though passingly fun, Inglourious Basterds). Django Unchained is a folkloric epic that follows the story of a freed slave in his journey to becoming a bounty hunter and rescue his wife. Firstly, the bravery…