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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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

    To grasp how John Wick's action sequences work it's instructive to watch how other films execute their own. Take Winter Soldier's opening ship set piece whose action is every bit as professionally staged. The difference is in the editing. Winter Soldier is cut to the beat of its blows; each edit lines up neatly with Captain America's fists meeting faces. Violence is its punctuation. However for John Wick violence is the subject. Though the goriest wounds may be hidden in…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★½

    Well this is a lovely ache of a movie. It is something of a closed off utopia but it's not completely sealed; enough of the outside world bleeds in (the language of shame, reminders that food doesn't just appear) to make it feel real.

    It's a little too comfortable though. It suggests that the world is settled and all Elio has to do is grow into it.

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  • Wild Reeds

    Wild Reeds

    •This film feels like it was made to keep its makers from forgetting their own youth. At one point a character says something like "There's something worse than war; it's forgetting." As such the film is overflowing with events and characters and themes.

    •Adults are perpetually disappointing; they sympathise and struggle to understand but they're failures as confidants, role models and life lines.

    • Téchiné does well to synchronise motion and emotion. There's a terrific scene in which a character's…

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman is so in your face that it makes a motif out of characters speaking directly to the camera. It's a manic, propulsive, eager little thing driven by a relentless drum score, a swooping camera and restless actors who talk as though they could burst into flames at any moment. It's populated by caricatures and filled with the kind of passionate nonsense that regularly fills columns exclaiming that Hollywood has run out of ideas, or that theater is a dying…