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  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Mommy
  • Decasia
  • Filibus

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  • The Last Laugh

  • Comingled Containers

    ★★★★½

  • Mildred Pierce

    ★★★★

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★½

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  • Cow

    Cow

    ★★★★★

    I think it’s easy to scoff at this film if all you do is read the synopsis. Andrea Arnold came on stage after the screening and was the first to point out just how silly and/or boring the premise sounds. In execution however, Andrea creates something beautiful.

    She spoke about how following a character for long enough will almost always make you empathise with them. That idea sets the framework for all of her films, as she often leaves you…

  • Dante's Inferno

    Dante's Inferno

    ★★★★★

    In my eyes, there are two genres that the silent era did best: comedy and horror. Comedy, because the lack of sound provided a perfect environment for slapstick gags, leading to some of the most creative jokes ever put to film.

    Horror, on the other hand, works due to the detachment and the sense of not knowing the world you’re in, that comes from the lack of sound. I think Dante’s Inferno encapsulates that pretty well.

    There’s a detached objectivity,…

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  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★★

    As is tradition with Brits of roughly my age, I am having a bit of a Harry Potter nostalgia renaissance. Me and my best friend Aaron have been playing the original Wii Lego games, and just beginning to work through the films. 

    This film is just as good as I remember, and that feels amazing considering how often nostalgic media is disappointing on return. The world building achieved in this film is incredible; Aaron pointed out all the subtle ways…

  • The Outlaw and His Wife

    The Outlaw and His Wife

    ★★★★★

    The Outlaw and his Wife is where I really start to see how Sjöström influenced Bergman; from the beautiful Swedish landscapes, to the bare bones morality tale; I could imagine Bergman himself directing this masterpiece. 

    The wild natural environments provide an insatiable backdrop to this film. Cinematographer Julius Jaenzon extracts every drop of natural beauty up for the taking; seemingly unable to rest until every shot was framed immaculately. Without a doubt this is one of the most consistently well-photographed…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    I don’t think this one is as good as some other Wright films, but that’s not exactly damning criticism as the bar to reach is through the roof. Last Night in Soho will probably end up being one of Edgar Wright’s most important films, as it shows he’s willing to break out of his comfort zone. He’s been working in his small niche of cineliterate, fourth wall acknowledging and not so self-serious films; Last Night in Soho is him breaking…