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  • The Jerk

    The Jerk

    ★★★★★

    I thought I'd revisit The Jerk after director Carl Reiner passed away this week. Needless to say it still remains one of my favourite comedies of all time. It's so ludicrously silly at times that even after this many watches it still has me joyously laughing out loud every time.

    Steve Martin plays the hapless Navin Johnson, a white man who lacks any rythym and is totally unaware he's been adopted by a poor black family until his mother tells…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★½

    Cathy Yan brings us Harley Quinn's first standalone film with mixed results.

    Firstly I have to say Margot Robbie is spectacular as Harley. She is the ballsy graphic novel character personified. Jurnee Smollett is also noteworthy putting in a badass turn as Black Canary. But this is where the film's most positive aspects end. Bird's Of Prey practically follows the tone set by Suicide Squad, uh oh!, with quite a yawn inducing narrative that revolves around Harley Quinn who has…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Céline Sciamma's acclaimed period drama Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is a sensual simmering drama of forbidden love and desire set against the backdrop of an isolated windswept Brittany.
    Marianne, a painter, arrives on the island commissioned to secretly paint Héloise, a young woman who's to be married off to Milanese nobleman she has never met. As the two aloofly acquaint themselves over the coming days, an ensuing confrontation regarding Héloise's portrait brings them closer together and ignites their…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Film No.5 of @leedsfilmfest
    was Robert Eggers' highly anticipated The Lighthouse, the follow up to his excellent debut The VVitch.
    Two lighthouse keepers, Tom (Willem DeFoe) & Winslow (Robert Pattinson) try to maintain their sanity on an inhospitable island off the coast of New England in the late 1800s during their four week shift.
    The premise of Eggers' film is so simple but it's the execution of the filmmaking that makes The Lighthouse a wonder to behold. You could pause any…