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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★★

    Though structurally unconventional and perhaps lacking narratively, Creature from the Black Lagoon demonstrates cinema's potential for exploration, be it historical, biological or anthropological.

    The black and white photography is splendid and I was honestly really impressed with how well executed and cut together the underwater sequences were. Steven Spielberg undoubtedly took notes - even emulating one shot of the creature's POV looking up at the female lead as she swims backstroke.

    The opening sequence which charts the birth of the universe and life on earth is also very impressive.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    "Immigrants, they get the job done."

    Who knew a whodunnit would be such an appropriate genre to explore the current extremities of America's toxic political atmosphere.
    It was also cathartic to feel Rian Johnson take aim at the keyboard warriors who tried to crucify him for making TLJ an "SJW movie".

    The ensemble cast bounce wonderfully off each other; forming a mosaic of a family full of bad faith and selfish intentions or just out right delusions.

    Knives Out is great.

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  • Killer's Kiss

    Killer's Kiss

    ★★★½

    Stanley Kubrick could have been one of the all the time great cinematographers if he wanted to- he captures New York in the 50s with all its neon lights, foggy outlines of famous bridges, fire escapes and smokey back alleys through a near perfect understanding of the film noir aesthetic.

    Also Kubrick deserves a lot of credit for the way he stages violence; in Killer's Kiss the punches and knees to the guts look and feel a lot more real than most of the other depictions of violence you'd see on the screen in the 50s.

  • The Aeronauts

    The Aeronauts

    ★★½

    Never has the plight against bureaucracy, the effort to become a pioneer and set records of human achievement and discovery seemed so pedestrian and un-dramatic.

    Aside from the occasional spark of chemistry -albeit platonic- between Redmayne and Jones and some moments of physical danger posed by the inhospitable high altitude, The Aeronauts is a largely a flat viewing experience. This should be a compelling film but it's so by the numbers and undramatic and sexless that, unfortunately it's not.