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  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★★

    One of the most inventive films I've ever seen. From the ridiculous premise to the surprisingly emotional core - 'Swiss Army Man' approaches each scene and shot with a simple question - "How can we make it better/weirder/fresher?"

    On this rewatch what stood out is the seamless blend of sound effects and music. It's a lovely tapestry of atmos, diegetic music and SFX weirdness.

    Also, the practical effects and production design are incredible.

  • Notes on a Scandal

    Notes on a Scandal

    ★★★½

    A bit uneven and with a few time jumps that would indicate a weird editing frankensteining job. However, the writing is brilliant.

    Seeing idyllic scenes through the eyes of a cynical asshole is glorious. Judi Dench is absolutely smashing it as the flawed, crazy villain.

    'Notes on a Scandal' approaches perspective in an interesting way. Always giving a second point of view to whatever is happening. I can dig that.

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  • Clergy

    Clergy

    ★★★

    What a hot mess.

    On the one hand it's got a tough, no-bullshit attitude towards its message but on the other it fails spectacularly in the storytelling department. The editing and pacing are all over the place, from the convoluted storylines to painfully amateurish editing mistakes ( who approved that fork in the hand scene?!).

    Despite the fact that the film tackles all of the problems plaguing the Catholic Church in Poland, the actual viewing experience is as far from…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★

    I really wanna believe there's some deeper social commentary there but sadly it just looks like a misogynistic manchild's wet dream. In the wake of #timesup we get a noir pastiche in which literally every female character wants to fuck Andrew Garfield. And that's about the extent of their involvement in the plot. There's a fine line between perpetuating backwards clichés ironically to make a point and just becoming part of the problem. 'Under the Silver Lake' feels like someone…