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  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★½

    "Do you suppose Stanley Kubrick ever gets depressed?"

    A genuinely magnificent movie musical (loosely based on the life of its director, the choreographer Bob Fosse), All That Jazz serves as a fantastic examination of one man's descent into self-destruction, while also showcasing spectacular dance sequences that deftly blend the line between fantasy and reality. The editing and cinematography are stunningly good, but it's ultimately Roy Scheider who takes centre stage with his captivating lead performance, which rivals Friedkin's Sorcerer as…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    Provisional 4.5. Will probably re-rate 5.0 on second viewing.

    "You look like someone else."

    I... I don't even know where to start. As a fan of David Lynch, I had been building up to this for months now, and it was well worth the wait. Mulholland Drive can only be described as a dizzying, intoxicating, and occasionally exasperating trip through the Hollywood dreamscape, which always attempts to obfuscate and never provides obvious answers.

    Comparisons with Lost Highway do seem apt…

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  • Due Date

    Due Date

    ★★

    "I just drank my father."

    *realises both Robert Downey Jr. and Michelle Monaghan are in this*

    Yeah, this is not the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang sequel I wanted.

    Also, I have now seen four Todd Philips movies in the past two months (Due Date and the Hangover trilogy), and they have all been rubbish. At least this isn't quite as hateful as The Hangover Part III, but it's not far off.

  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    ★★★

    "Don't compromise. Compromise is a language of the devil."

    Chariots of Fire may cover worthy subject matter, but its execution is so staid and conventional that it's hard to care about anything that happens in it. The cinematography is nice, Ben Cross delivers a fine performance, and Vangelis's score is excellent, but even they cannot make up for the screenplay's deficiencies. The end result is hardly a bad movie, but the fact that this beat out Raiders of the Lost…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    "I have a very good feeling about this."

    Initial thoughts: Really liked it. Alden Ehrenreich is way better than I expected as Han, and the rest of the cast were great as well. Ron Howard's direction is solid; ditto with John Powell's music; the action set pieces are all very cool (the main one in particular); and some of the plot beats were surprisingly unpredictable. Had some pacing issues here and there, and I wasn't initially a fan of the female droid, but on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Would recommend.

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.