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  • Radio Mary

    Radio Mary

    ★★★★

    "I'm trapped. I pretend I'm not, but I am."

    An incredibly lo-fi horror film to the point that, at times, it approaches parody of the mumbled-dialogue, shallow-focus digital indie aesthetic. But somehow, maybe it's Kate Lyn Sheil's understated performance, maybe it's the gloomy cinematography (reflections, blue glows, also a lot of compression artefacts which creates a strange detachment from reality) it becomes disturbing on a deeper, subconscious level: the feeling of losing control of your own body, of your own thoughts, of being unseen, unfeeling, like a waking death.

  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2

    ½

    The definition of "sweaty" - the effort of everyone involved is visible on screen.

    This exchange, for example:

    - "Like my dad always said, 'in the minefield of life, you must be prepared to lose both feet.' And I think you all know what I mean."
    - "I don't."

    A non-sequitur, not funny itself perhaps but humour-adjacent. The same character then explains why this was supposedly funny (it doesn't make sense). Another character then repeats this explanation.

    Even the announcers…

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★½

    I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either.…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★½

    I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…