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  • Breath

    Breath

    ★★★★

    Roma is nice and all, but it is another 70s-set film from 2018 in Breath which speaks truly to experience for me. Quite miraculous, never suspected something this delicate from actor Simon Baker in his directorial debut. Roma might be a film of heartfelt thanks, but the more coming-of-age, less forced Breath is more convincingly observed, felt, plotless and organic. This should have won more acclaim, but if nothing else it strongly evokes my coastal town childhood.

  • Jedda

    Jedda

    ★★★★

    See previous review here for first impression and more in-depth discussion.

    Jedda remains a terrific example of what the visual medium can create. Outback gothic melodrama stands alone here, no one has tried to beat it, especially today when this sort of fare is thoroughly out-of-fashion. You tweak a few things here and there and you lose what makes Jedda what it is. Several problematic archaic perspectives pervade the film (including contemporary debates on racial assimilation, jokingly referring to your…

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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…