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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★★

    Stepping Stones Challenge: #72 (Spike Lee)

    "We declare our right on this earth, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being, in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary."


    Afterthoughts: This. Is. A. Masterpiece!

    I don’t really care a great deal about films being nominated for Oscars, but as I was watching this brilliant political…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    Afterthoughts: Alfonso is back, and he’s done it again!

    Roma is one of those rare films that the minute you start watching it, you’re aware it’s going to be something of a quiet masterpiece, and that’s not just because of the universal praise it’s received by critics and audiences alike. The opening shot, which places the static camera looking down at a tiled floor for a sustained period of time as it is being cleaned by soapy water, immediately tells…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★½

    "I liked that film. But it sort of cons you. It tricks you into thinking it’s really good because of how great you already know Queen and their songs are." - My partner

    Afterthoughts: I couldn’t agree more with that. As a lover of Queen (and come on, who isn’t), the film is enjoyable through and through because it’s about one of the greatest bands and arguably the most iconic frontman of all time. But fanaticism aside, it’s really not…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    Afterthoughts: By the end of the opening credits, I thought to myself “Oh my god, this is the greatest film I’ve ever seen”, but by the end of the closing credits, I’d pretty much forgotten it all already...

    Isle of Dogs is an incredible stop-motion production, and one I’m sure every man and his dog can appreciate as a remarkable technical achievement.

    The prologue, told in a form that is a direct reference to the 3rd segment of the greatest…

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    “And the Academy Award for Best Original Score goes to Daniel Lopatin, Good Time.

    Unfortunately, Daniel Lopatin cannot be here tonight on account of NOT BEING NOMINATED. Boo, you whore!”

    Afterthoughts: A rough and ready, fully loaded attack on the senses - the kind comparable to the likes of Suspiria (and I felt that before the brilliant audio-visual reference to that film).

    The whole thing is genuinely and riotously a good time (oh yes he did).

    These Safdie brothers are limitlessly talented!

    Kind of at a loss for words over how good this is, and how late to the party I am on seeing it.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★½

    Afterthoughts: If I was to choose one word to describe this film, ‘bland’ would be my word of choice.

    From my experience, this is one of the most uninteresting films I’ve ever seen. I do tend to really enjoy films about space exploration, whether they are more focussed on offering a spectacular visual experience or a character study of the emotional/psychological challenges suffered by those in such a life or death field of work, but First Man, despite all its…