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  • Terrorizers
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • The Young and the Damned

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  • Close-Up

    ★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • Hugo

    ★★

  • Hustle

    ★★★½

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★★

    (2021 ranking)

    Well this blew me away, The Worst Person in the World not only boasts one of the best performances of the year, but it is easily one of the best films of 2021, if not the best. 

    Almost everything on display here is perfect. If I had a checklist of things I want from a film this fulfils every criteria. Great performances, fantastic story writing and character writing, solid direction, beautiful cinematography, feeling, impressive score and soundtrack, originality,…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★★

    (1997 ranking)

    Perfect Blue captures a perfect blur between reality and fiction. Satoshi Kon’s masterpiece shows exactly what you can achieve with animation. 

    World building and wonderment is left at the wayside for this anime, as Kon operates within the psychological thriller genre more so than any other animated film I’ve seen. It is cold, it is brutal, and it is mindfuckery at its most powerful. 

    But the deep dive into Mima’s psyche is made all the more accessible and…

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  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★½

    (1990 ranking)

    Criterion Challenge 26/52 - Made in Iran

    Can you really be a cinephile if you don’t like Abbas Kiarostami’s pseudo-documentary classic Close-Up? 

    An absolute snooze fest. Barely a single part of this worked for me. The story isn’t engaging enough, the people aren’t charismatic enough, I can commend Kiarostami’s ambition with the mediums he blends together but it feels unnecessary.  

    For how much this film talks about art and the love of filmmaking, an hour of this…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    (2022 ranking)

    This much talked about horror excels when it operates as tense and atmospheric. But it doesn’t hit those same heights when it diverts away from the central plot of Finney in the basement or tries it’s hand at any sort of lighter touches.

    The main positive here is the creepy performance from Ethan Hawke as The Grabber. He is fantastic and is light years ahead of anyone else in the cast. The child actors also do pretty well…

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★

    (2022 ranking)

    A lot of wasted potential with this one I think, as what starts as a hilarious buddy comedy slowly morphs into more of a boring shitty action flick. 

    This is obviously born out of love and admiration for Nic Cage and the self referential humour is mostly pretty good. It also does a few things differently initially too which I really enjoyed. 

    Particularly his inner turmoil projected as an alternate version of him. Although I think it would’ve…

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★½

    (Pixar ranking)
    (2022 ranking)

    Pixar used to thrive in its originality, but Lightyear feels devoid of any. It wears its influences like a badge of honour and can feel like nothing more than a cash grab. So then, why was this so fucking enjoyable? 

    The animation is the best I’ve seen in a Pixar film since Soul, and the attention to detail is outstanding at times. The style lends itself well to the space age setting, whilst the character designs…