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  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    my favourite, by a distance, from Park's VENGEANCE trilogy.

    it's an enthralling exploitation piece, besotted with Biblical hermeneutics and besotted by tears and blood: blood, which Park soaks his characters' hands in, before offering them in redemptive prayer, pursuant to the fundamental, rhetorical question in Park's trilogy: "does revenge restore justice?"

    it's LADY VENGEANCE, which offers the profoundest rebuttal. it's here, where Park most effectively entraps his characters in the circularity of violence, by pitting them against an evil -…

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    saddens me to light a torch against one of our own – but this is a real misfire/ mis-slasher from Park's VENGEANCE TRILOGY.

    the film feels oddly like its titular VENGEANCE is Park's, against his own characters: the violence is callous, imbued with sexual depravity and crucially, all-but cinematic – the varied acts of savagery are just that, a high/ lowlights reel of baseball bats striking skulls, DIY-electroconvulsive therapy and slit ankles, the latter of which 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 has more threads…

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  • The World's End

    The World's End

    I disliked this A LOT the 1st time. r/n though, maybe it's apt viewing in the 'rona epidemic, but THE WORLD'S END appears a worthy – if at times clunky – finale to the Cornetto trilogy: the screenplay's diligent, droll digs at both little England and north London urbanity; Wright's trademark scene-blocking/ transitions – it's rare comic gold, whose sheen is also never dinted by the gravity of the social issues (rural gentrification; mental health) the film takes aim at.

    my only wish? more of Rosamund Pike bumbling bad-ass please

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    Call of Duty: the film experience

    MacKay is compelling; embattled, embittered but unfaltering in duty — it’s a lucid portrait of what war does to ppl and what ppl do in war to cope with grief and survive.

    the prob is in 1917's storytelling. the history buffs might laud what is undeniably an unerring, unrelenting depiction of war; but this clarity of vision still shows little more than what we already know and feel — the futility of war, its…