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  • The Room

    The Room

    Words just fail.

  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    A missed opportunity. I just feel that the configuration of the story is mistaken. Making this a film about both Ingrid's mental illness and the falsities of social media is foundationally misguided. It lingers too much on her suffering to say anything piercing. And my god, what possibilities there are! There's surely a vast amount to pick apart about the life of someone who makes it their life to post on social media (Taylor); what cathexes must a person hide behind such obsessive presentation?

    Dan is fantastic though. Some truly inspired Batman puns.

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  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Oh good Christ this thing is hideous.

    What a waste it is to film on 65mm and then lather on the visual effects. The framing is poor, compositions boring (the "Last Supper" moment is the definition of graceless), and its aesthetic choices (monochrome for flashbacks, Dutch tilts, fractured reflections, long takes) amount to redundancy. However, high palms to the interior design people: those carriages look sufficiently lavish.

    It did have the potential to be brilliant schlock, but it affects a seriousness required for its awful conclusion (Christie's fault, admittedly) which it just cannot honestly earn.

    A quite spectacular bore.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Okay, so I did actually rewatch the Director's Cut in the run-up to "Justice League." This is both an act of masochism and one of incredulity on my half. Here's why.

    I was really excited when I heard about the DCEU. The rostrum of characters (and more importantly, in my view, villains) is too good not to invite the gargantuan spectacle that the MCU had found with "The Avengers." On the back too of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy," which…