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  • A Mother Should Be Loved

    A Mother Should Be Loved

    ★½

    Not one of Ozu’s best. I watched this because it was a bonus feature on the ‘Late Autumn’ DVD. Its flow is somewhat ruined by a missing start and finish, which are arguably the most important reels of any film. A critical character, the father whose death the film is based around, is completely missing. As such, we’re left to fill in the gaps and only see a family in sadness. It doesn’t feel particularly well acted, with a surprisingly underwhelming delivery from Mitsuko Yoshikawa. One for the purists.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    The plot of The Favourite doesn’t sound like a laugh-a-minute comedy. Just look at it:

    In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone). The resulting bitter rivalry between the two cousins impacts their lives and their relationship to the Queen, who is manipulated by both in the midst of a turbulent time in England’s political landscape.

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  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★★★★

    Still feels fresh almost 20 years after its release. I watched it when it was originally released on VHS and it stuck with me ever since. Just brilliant.

  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    ★★★★½

    Friday 13th means horror film viewing! This is genuinely a brilliant film. It walks close to the line of being a horror-by-numbers sort of film, but manages to feel fresh regardless. The delivery of three separate short stories harks back to the classic portmanteau horror films. All four key central actors are spot on. I can’t say why I like it so much without ruining it. I definitely recommend this one.