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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ★★★★★

    ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 30: Toni Erdmann

    By Nick Davie

    With her third feature film, Maren Ade announced herself on to the international scene during 2016, with her robust, confounding comedy of delicate, deliberate and disastrously strained parental ties. A thematic notion achieved with such success is not often seen in cinema, capturing the fraught emotional bonds of a career-driven daughter and her aloof father. As varying dynamics exist in relationships between adulthood and childhood…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    Between Two Worlds: Laura Palmer and Feminism in Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

    In recent years, the previously maligned prequel to the Twin Peaks series has received a much deserved period of critical re-evaluation. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is a complex and compelling genre shift from soap-satire-mystery to all-out psychological horror; released in 1992, the film has had a contentious history amongst fans and critics alike. Initially, before 2017’s The Return, the film would never go on…

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  • Beats

    Beats

    ★★★½

    This film is about my dads life? Pretty funny and beautifully shot, would absolutely love to go to a party like this. I remember my childhood in the 90s, Tony Blair’s political power reaching the far corners of the U.K., nostalgia is powerful. The fashion sense is making a comeback. I can feel this.

  • The Staggering Girl

    The Staggering Girl

    ★★★

    Immersive stylised fashion commercial denies it is immersive stylised fashion commercial. A brief and poetic return with an art film by Guadagnino, though many may point to the lack of plot structure, art film exists to be looked at and understood on levels of video art and less so as a film. Some form of metaphoric analogy exists around motherhood, shapes and spaces, but lines begin to blur. I would not consider this a particularly strong entry into Guadagnino’s filmography…

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    If I had a top 5 this would be in it, when I feel shit this is one of a select few films I go to. I love Sofia Coppola, I love this film. A film set in a city I’ve never been to but a place where I always am... I feel this on profound levels.

    The best thing in this life is an awkward Bill Murray in a strip club as Peaches plays loudly.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    #8 of Hooptober Challenge!

    It’s taken me 2 hours since seeing this to actually write something.. what an experience. So uncomfortable and intense. My mind has been blown. The end gave a slither of satisfaction but it’s almost like it never ends. Dark, funny and so clever.

    A completely relevant cultural masterpiece, it says so much so effectively. It’s taken me absolutely ages to see this but it really has lived up to the hype. I loved it but now…