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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    It doesn’t really take a genius to identify two defining aspects of Noah Baumbach’s filmmaking career. He has been consistently drawing from autobiographical experiences, the most prominent, direct and discussed ad nauseam example of which would be his parents’ divorce in The Squid And The Whale. Though, it has to be noted that within the landscape of these inspirations he has repeatedly revisited the theme of a family (or a relationship) in crisis in Margot At The Wedding, While We’re…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★★

    Besides the film’s obvious overall quality, there are at least three major reasons why anyone trying to understand and contextualize Quentin Tarantino’s work should take a good look at True Romance.

    First of all, one has to consider how much of a milestone in Tarantino’s career this film was. Even though it was released in 1993, a year after his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, it was his first ever script and at the same time the most autobiographical of all…

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  • 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

    71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

    ★★½

    Released in 1994, 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance was meant to cap the so-called Glaciation Trilogy, which also includes Haneke’s two preceding efforts, The Seventh Continent and Benny’s Video. In some ways, this film seems symmetrical to both of them. It is inspired by a true story of a student who – out of nowhere – walked into a Viennese bank and opened fire killing a bunch of by-standers before blowing his own brains out, which tethers the…

  • Benny's Video

    Benny's Video

    ★★★½

    While Haneke’s debut The Seventh Continent was intended as a piece of stark criticism aimed at the consumerist attitudes pervading the wealthier echelons of the Austrian society, Benny’s Video, his sophomore effort, directs its unwavering hand holding a cold scalpel of deconstructive analysis at the upbringing of children.

    The titular Benny is a teenager who views the world either through the viewfinder of a camera, or through a TV screen. He is a budding filmmaker himself and an avid genre…

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  • The Road

    The Road

    ★★★★★

    Every single idiot hoping for a zombie apocalypse 'because it will be so cool' should be assigned to have a sit-down with "The road". Brutal, gritty, dull and depressingly sad, this film is probably the closest to what would actually happen in the event of shit hitting the proverbial fan. (Edit: though it has nothing to do with zombies, but a planet dying in a mysterious but straightforward fashion). It's never an easy watch and it does kick you in the stomach more than once, but it is simply a masterpiece.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Disclaimer: I think I should start by apologising in advance in case I lose decorum at some point and devolve into spouting profanity.

    When I first watched James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy, I liked it a lot and thought of it as Star Wars for the modern adolescents. It was nothing like other comic book adaptations and was quite self-contained and it wasn't bogging itself down with tying the film to other entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It…