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  • Mr & Mme Adelman

    Mr & Mme Adelman

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My mum really liked it! Me not so much. Starts out as a pretty fun homage to Woody Allen with plenty of his recurring motifs:

    -Psychoanalysis
    -Making light of Judaism
    -Art vs reality
    -Art vs artist
    -The protagonist being a writer
    -Death and mortality
    -A man dating/desiring to date a women decades younger than him
    -Faming a film around a literary conceit
    -Period setting
    -Sexual inadequacy
    -Having an "almost incestuous" relationship with your daughter (not that Soon Yi is his…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★

    Contrivance on the Orient Express.

    Wish the reveal was made earlier and the final act considered the ethical complications more.

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  • My King

    My King

    ★★★★

    Never seen a movie so symbolised in its leading man; Cassel continually charms his way back into his marriage after every negligence and dysfunction and destruction and indiscretion (when he stops attempting, the film concludes), and this My King charms its way back into my warm embrace after every little concern I have about it.

    The chemistry between Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot is magnetic to watch. Bercot is an absolute delight. Overlong and undeniably repetitive, but isn't that what life is?

  • England Is Mine

    England Is Mine

    ★★★★

    It can feel for many that life is simply taking and not giving; surrounded by battling forces of unexpected realities and responsibilities. Such is the opening of England is Mine, an overhead shot of waves from all directions crashing into one another. There's no development here, no clear resulting direction of the flow. Life very often feels like we're in this perpetual state. How we handle it shapes our character and our future.

    The enjoyment of this self-aware kinda-biopoc is…