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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★

    Savage, haunting, and Nicolas Cage.

    On paper it's equal parts Hellraiser, The Evil Dead, Death Wish and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre — but then it's largely unique in both look and tone, mostly thanks to its unrelenting hallucinogenic inflections; faint nods in the direction of Lynch, Argento, and maybe even Boorman...

    There's a reason Mandy is getting a lot of attention. This is one messed up revenge movie. Some will be put off by the pacing, content, style...but nobody can deny its vigour and passion.

  • The Fisher King

    The Fisher King

    ★★★★★

    Never fails.

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  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    ★★★★★

    Kumiko is my hero. She is strong, learned and determined. She has a dream, and does everything in her power to make it happen.

    This film is simultaneously bleak and comforting, and makes me feel both heartbroken and sympathetic at every step. Few films access the reality of loneliness like this, with such unforgiving determination and a real adoration for its protagonist. She is a character that doesn't think like you or I do, and is trying to escape the…

  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★

    You can take your Blue is the Warmest Colour miserablist and exploitative portrait of love, and stuff it. Fifty Shades of Grey can get fucked too. Here is a film that successfully dismantles the pains, pleasures and fantasies of a relationship better than any glorified Mills & Boon adaptation. Intimacy and devotion have rarely been explored this honestly, and with such surprising wit, charm, or humanity.

    A visually alluring film, formally reminiscent of the equally hypnotic Picnic at Hanging Rock, but…