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  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Himizu
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Possession

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  • Color Me Blood Red

    ★★★½

  • Broken Blossoms

    ★★½

  • The Birth of a Nation

    ½

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru

    ★★★½

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  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★★

    Longing for a purpose, a reason, to uphold ideologies that he only understands through their stereotypes. Imperialism as an aesthetic, for the sake of what, times of old that he so desperately earns for, yet has never lived through. Self-exoticism, he is in a lack of better words, a Japanophile, in the same way that all nationalists don’t love their country, but fetishise it. He longs so desperately to do something significant, to create radical social change. It is impossible…

  • What Is a Woman?

    What Is a Woman?

    ½

    Gender is a social construct. It is a phrase that has been oft repeated, and will continue to be repeated until people fucking listen to it. Walsh’s attempts to narrow it down to mere, biological fact is inherently misguided, and it is proven through his contradictions. He describes the role of being a father in the beginning, and that what he has is a wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters, drawing attention to the fact that these are gendered roles,…

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  • Color Me Blood Red

    Color Me Blood Red

    ★★★½

    An auto-biography through a fractured mirror, where so many artists aim to embed their personal experiences into their art with an intimacy that only they can afford, Lewis instead distances himself, and projects himself onto the film in a characteristically disorganized, yet undeniably freeing, manner. Gordon may be renowned as a master of schlock, yet watching this, one cannot help but get drawn to the sheer power of his filmmaking, which is at its peak in the opening, an almost…

  • Broken Blossoms

    Broken Blossoms

    ★★½

    After the first 20 minutes, I was ready to declare this Griffith's masterpiece, sure, the yellowface is abhorrent, yet there is a compassion here so hard to find, even in the cinema of today. There is an intimacy to the camera, in that it is genuinely interested in its characters and their circumstances. It is introspective, yet never intrusive, and the way that Griffith crafts this intimacy is masterful, indeed, despite its lack of epic scale, despite its restraint, it…

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  • All Too Well: The Short Film

    All Too Well: The Short Film

    ½

    A perfume ad for the A24 crowd. Ever since 'Miss Americana' made her relevant again, Swift has been plaguing the film world with her godawful vanity projects that are disguised as reflections from a down to earth woman, when they really only serve the purpose of exaggerating how distanced she really is from everybody else. I will be honest, I cannot stand Swift as a singer, not that she is bad, but I just find any mainstream folk singer inherently…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★½

    Visually stunning, if ultimately inhuman, it is impossible to criticise Eggers’ latest venture for a lack of ambition, this is clearly a work bursting with artistic integrity, yet at the same time, it is also disappointingly safe. Images are bold, pushing the boundaries of what can be captured on film, yet at the same time, they ring hollow, pretences to distract from the pulpier essence of the narrative. ‘The Northman’ is strangely similar to ‘Midsommar,’ not simply as they are…