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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Meetings of Anna
  • The Red Shoes
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • La Collectionneuse

    ★★★★½

  • The Rocky Horror Show Live 2021

    ★★★★½

  • Best Sellers

    ★★★★

  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    ★★★

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    [I would love to show this to the lecturer who once tried to argue that haptic cinema doesn’t exist.]

    Titane has been widely described as body horror. This is understandable - the Palme d’Or-winning film directed by Julia Ducournau features graphic sequences aplenty, from bloody nipple-ripping to aggressive car-fucking. Named for the titanium plate in dancer Alexia’s skull following a childhood car accident, Titane begins by following her murderous and sexual exploits – just like Ducournau’s debut feature Raw (2016),…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    After 22 years, Lana Wachowski returns to the Matrix – a simulation programme designed to deceive humans while their bodies are harvested in amniotic vats for energy. In 1999, Lana and her sister, Lilly, created a cinematic masterpiece that has since evolved and mutated into a branch of philosophy unto itself. From right-wing conspiracists to scholars of trans* theory, the Wachowskis’ authorial hold on The Matrix as a concept has largely slipped away.

    A lot has changed for Lana and…

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  • Monday

    Monday

    The best thing about this film was that Sebastian Stan had set his iPhone alarm to 'By the Seaside'. Absolute tune.

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    I feel a rating so low for a film so revered must be justified. I am frankly appalled that this was voted as the greatest film ever directed by a woman, although hardly surprised. Sometimes one is forced to 'periodise' a film's prejudices, to look at the broader picture while acknowledging the problematic views at the core. That is not true of The Piano - it is so aggressively, continuously racist in its depiction of Māori people that one fears…