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  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★½

    Starts off fairly dull but picks up from the moment the body is found, winding into something deeply moving and compelling, and distinctly Sheridan (isolating, inhospitable, corrupt, twisted, neo-McCarthy). Renner is given some chewy character moments to work with, both as a grief veteran and the novelty of a white tracker in snow wearing a white suit. The speech about holding on to the memories for what was good, rather than neglecting them for what was tinged painful (consigning them…

  • Friday the 13th Part III

    Friday the 13th Part III

    ★★½

    If you can start a franchise with three solid (and profitable entries), then goodwill will carry through at least double that number, regardless of quality. Such was the case with Friday the 13th, which miraculously escapes the first three with dignity unscathed.

    Miner's film-making and refining of the slasher commandments continues to be arresting enough to maintain viewer faith, whilst this more humourous threequel wisely flees the camp counselor tedium for a different and more playful veneer. The first hour…

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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Believe the hype.

    Gravity has been earmarked in many ways as the 'next Avatar' for quite a while now, in terms of changing the game when it comes to the cinema experience. Plus, it comes with a strong pedigree. Children of Men was my film of the 2000s (actually my favourite film since my birth in '88), plus Cauron is a technically taut director capable at delivering transportive and magical universalist stories which appeal to the mainstream and art-house, young…