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  • Seven Beauties

    ★★★★★

  • Firestarter

    ★★★

  • The Canterbury Tales

    ★★★½

  • The Wonders

    ★★★★

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  • Seven Beauties

    Seven Beauties

    ★★★★★

    From the opening moments of the archive footage with its unique choice of music (oh, yeah!) to back up the montage, Lina Wertmüller introduces you to the mastery of an anti-war, war is hell film like no other and the unique uncomfortableness of Wertmüller's direction means that this film has a way of getting under your skin from pretty much the word go. Like Love & Anarchy, Seven Beauties packs a powerful punch in its third act as all the pieces…

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★★★

    More of an anti-superhero origin story in the vein of Brightburn with deliberate riffs off Man of Steel than a straightforward horror; this film feels remarkably tame compared to Stephen King's more established work, more grounded with almost a network TV pilot feel to it that shows especially in its CGI effects budget. Firestarter is muted and a bit too obsessed with getting straight to the point - it feels like it was missing a middle act and just has…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-Tober 2015! (1/31)

    "Now, this air shaft may work to our advantage. Here. It leads up to and comes out in the main airlock. All right, there's only one big opening along the way, we can cover that up, and then we... drive it into the airlock and zap it into outer space."

    And yet another classic movie that I should have probably seen by now is ticked off my watchlist. Hot on the heels of the likes of Lost…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Well, that was something special. I'm really glad that I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg the day before because there are clear influences from that masterpiece on Damien Chazelle. Together these two movies have made me far more invested in musicals than I was previously, with Bugsy Malone being another highlight but beyond that the list starts to get a bit thinner.

    Here La La Land follows on two people with big dreams. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress…