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  • Django

    Django

    ★★★

    Feels a bit like a Leone film if Leone didn't know what the fuck he was doing. Maybe not a fair comparison; but on a similar note Franco Nero just feels like a cheap Clint Eastwood here. The dialogue is cheesy-clunky rather than cheesy-cool, and I didn't care about any of the characters or have any real interest in their stories or what might be motivating them.

    Gains half a star though for the final scene, which is funny and…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Like the Witch, I think this would benefit from a slightly more restrained ending (personally I'd have wanted it to end it with the burial scene, where his face is being gradually covered with mud as he babbles away incoherently)...

    But the script is properly brilliant.. I particularly liked the "frostbitten maniac" speech. I love that Robert Eggers clearly doesnt give a fuck whether or not we know precisely what's going on, or hear every syllable crystally clear; but cares…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of the most frustrating films I've ever seen.

    I can't give it less than four stars, because the first three quarters are SO good - the famous opening, the flat-line scene where HAL kills off all the sleeping crew members, the "pod bay doors" scene, and HALs slow, strange, possibly manipulative "death"...

    But it can't be five stars, because it feels like they didn't know how to end it. It's like the good bit of the film (see above)…

  • Delicatessen

    Delicatessen

    ★★

    Usually I think I can sense what others appreciate about a film even if I don't particularly like it myself; but I'm completely bemused as to why this has so many 4-5 star reviews.

    It is quite inventive, and I think quite well edited in the "musical" scenes. The central romantic relationship is quite sweet, and I liked the rooftop shot at the end with the umbrellas.

    But beyond that I just can't see what's so impressive about it. It's…