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  • Up

    Up

    ★★★★½

    Up is the closest Pixar has ever got to capturing the realism, whimsy, and thrill of flight you would find in a Miyazaki film. It tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, an elderly widower who finally embarks on a journey to fulfill a childhood dream of traveling to South America's Paradise Falls. The story is one we've heard again and again - a character takes off on a journey only to discover that what they have been looking for has…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    Last year, Peter Jackson crafted an incredibly detailed portrait chronicling the life of a soldier from enlistment to armistice, using real-life footage and audio recordings from the war. Sam Mendes' 1917 is a dramatic retelling of the events at the height of the First World War, though it lacks the immediacy and intimacy of other films like They Shall Not Grow Old. Taking place on April 6, 1917 (interestingly the same day the United States formally declared war against Germany),…

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  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★½

    As Harry Potter and his readers matured, so did the stories and films. In contrast to the other films, The Philosopher's Stone is much more lighthearted and playful, at times feeling like it could easily be told as a stage play. While some may criticize the film because of its aged special effects and exaggerated characters, I found that these things lend the story a particular irresistible charm.

    Looking forward to catching up with the rest of the world and going through the rest of the films!

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★

    Warm, inviting, and mysterious, The Vast of Night slowly draws you in, thanks to its creative form, snappy dialogue, and great chemistry between its central characters. This could have easily fallen flat, as it is heavily reliant upon dialogue, but Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz carry this eerie tale effortlessly on their shoulders, which uniquely blends TV, film, and radio.

    Wells and Welles would be proud.

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  • Newness

    Newness

    ★★★

    You can't have a movie about millenials without a scene including avocados on toast...

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Green Room is Saulnier's transition from primary colours to secondary colours.

    This time he experiments with a palette of natural and artificial greens, reflecting the true and artificial nature of the characters portrayed in the film. A common thread between this and Blue Ruin is how Saulnier exposes his characters. At first, they seem to have a tough exterior, but traumatic events in the film reveal their true and vulnerable selves.

    The Ain't Rights are no exception, a punk band…