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  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★½

    The swan song of Studio Ghibli calls on the quieter and more introspective moments the film collective has become famous for to tell a story of discovering ones self through the eyes of another. It's ability to display the universal feeling of an unexplainable yet unconditional love displays a sincere tenderness that most films struggle to achieve. And the growth of our character visualises that learning to love yourself as much as you love others is as important as it is beautiful.

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Certain films make you cry more with beauty rather than sadness, this was one of those special instances. Del Toro once again shows that even the things we find the most monstrous, can often be the most tender.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★

    Following the brilliant 'Whiplash', Damien Chazelle returns with contemporary tribute to the Golden age of Hollywood cinema as well as his own personal love letter to Los Angeles. This time, he's supported by the talent of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, it's a love story and it's a modern musical! How could you go wrong?! No seriously that's a question - how did this go wrong?
    My intention isn't to rustle feathers over what people are already proclaiming as the…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    Love. The word alone will illicit an infinite amount of responses, each one of infinite complexity. Artists have tried and will continue to try to express, for as long as humanity survives, the overwhelming nature of love. But perhaps nowhere has it's nuances and subtleties been so delicately captured cinematically, as they have been in Wong Kar Wai's: In The Mood For Love.
    Here is a film that even with almost all notions of the physicality of love eschewed, manages…