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  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    Just a terrible film that runs around in circles for 100 minutes in which almost every word feels forced. These characters are horrible, their relationship is horrible and yet Levinson shows a minuscule amount of interest in that and only uses them as a way to talk about himself. Zendaya and Washington do that classical theatre acting - throwing your whole body around with each line and bursting vocal chords - just to make it harder to sit through. Nothing…

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers

    ★★★★

    The film’s slow pacing and creeping cinematography (coming from Dante Spinotti – a frequent collaborator with Michael Mann on films such as Heat and Public Enemies!) turn Venice into an eerie, almost desolate landscape fuelled by unpredictable darkness, one that never fully reveals itself until the film’s climactic scene. Walken gives one of his career-best performances as the always-mysterious Robert, too, often falling into monologues about his childhood that, of course, add a great deal to that aforementioned eerie feeling.…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    The Unforgiven of the gangster epic. God, that final thirty minutes is a gutpunch that one can’t prepare for. A movie bound to haunt and linger. I might come back around to writing more on this, but for now I’m just a little knocked around and speechless. De Niro and Pesci give career best performances, and Scorsese makes his greatest since The Age Of Innocence... if not ever. An extended held breath of a movie, and the exhale is as…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★

    Also available on my blog.

    As many of you will probably remember, Spike Lee is one of my favourite directors. I’ve very nearly finished all of his work after one hell of a binge in early 2019, and I really like the majority of his work. Spike is a director who tends to direct similar films, or at least, films with similar ideologies to share and similar ways to share them (his repeated traits make him one of the standout…