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  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    ★★★★

    Advanced screening at the Watershed with a Q&A with Carol Morley afterwards. I think Out of Blue is great, but I'm not sure. I definitely didn't get everything out of it that I could have, so it's definitely in need of a second viewing, and probably many more. The one thing I'm sure of is that Carol Morley is such an interesting creative voice in film today, and with this and The Falling, I'll watch anything she does.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    YWNRH has gone up in my estimation since the previous watch at FilmBath, I think. At 90 minutes, it hits a huge range of emotional marks, back story, and set pieces - the CCTV montage is utterly chilling. Lynne Ramsey has to be one of the best directors working today, and Tree Strings is one of Jonny Greenwood's best pieces. Top work.

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    "A mother and a daughter - what a terrible combination"

    What a film to end a year on. Absolutely stellar performances from Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann, some of Ingmar Bergman's finest direction and most emotionally hard-hitting dialogue. How spectacular.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ½

    As we draw closer to the end of the year, I was worried that I hadn't yet found an offensively terrible film from 2017. Sure, there'd been some shockers, but they were all either just unremarkable or, in the case of The Book Of Henry, compellingly awful. So imagine my relief when I saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

    Kingsman is much like the original, only moreso. It is full of the same fetishised hyper-laddishness, still has the tendency to confuse…