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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    This sure is a confused film, isn't it? Fans of the Joker as a character will always, for the most part, envision Health Ledger as the definitive portrayal and the two scenes where Ledger recalls how he got his facial scars, both offering differing stories, are amongst the most iconic scenes from The Dark Knight. By both these stories contradicting, there's a mystique surrounding his background. Do you really think Todd Phillips now expects people to view the Joker as…

  • Dark City

    Dark City

    ★★★

    I'll echo the popular sentiment that Kiefer Sutherland sticks out like a sore thumb. Say what you will about Rufus Sewell's supposed banality as a leading man but it's much more preferable than Sutherland's horrifically goofy Dr Strangelove pantomime. That gorgeously detailed German expressionist production design and shadowy noir atmosphere, though - the bee's knees and easily the film's main draw, but my god does this thing get bogged down in holding-the-audience-by-the-hand exposition. It does deal with some fascinating concepts,…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    Ingenious premise is negated through bombastic gestures that are all completely contradictory to the idea of silence - the abundance of hackneyed jump scares is the most obvious one (Krasinski even uses the "fake jump scare" technique, if you needed more proof of laziness and tropes galore), accompanied by deafening sound cues, and the setup/release of these scenes come too early to ever mount tension successfully; however, the consistently droning and distracting score, full of blaring horns, may be even…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ½

    Luhrmann does Luhrmann - but this time, a messier blender of mismatched musical choices, covered dreadfully and tonally jumpy in abrupt cross-cutting with one another. Typical oppressive technical freneticism with Luhrmann's distaste for any comprehensible spatial composition shown by his stylistic forte in cluttering the screen beyond visual repair, rapid-fire pacing through the film's plot points and barrage of exposition in the first act, his pantomime direction - consistently getting the most histrionic actors to perform soapy melodrama screeched at…