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  • VHS 94

    ★★★½

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • The Velvet Underground

    ★★★½

  • Fruits of Labor

    ★★★★

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  • VHS 94

    VHS 94

    ★★★½

    Admittedly, I was never really a fan of this franchise — or anthology horror in general, really — but V/H/S/ 94 has pulled me back from the point of no return. The segments are carefully balanced between supernatural and man-made horror and frequently teeters on the line of reality. Combining themes of conspiracy theories, cult, weaponised cyber futures and white supremacy, V/H/S/ 94‘s positioning in the early nineties ultimately has more social relevance to contemporary society than any of its…

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    In all three ‘episodes,’ Hamaguchi moves the camera to a straight-on head shot towards the end of each story. It is the moment that the characters truly connect with one another, push one another to accept the challenge they are each grappling with – and it is the moment the filmmaker speaks most clearly through the screen to those of us in the audience. I don’t pretend that Hamaguchi’s work is overly sentimental enough to be begging with the viewer…

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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    Maybe it’s due to the crushing reality of everything else going on in the world, but the presence of a film like Palm Springs in the rather bleak offering of current releases feels particularly affecting right now. It has a sense of optimism that isn’t suffocating, a take on romance that acknowledges the darker side of human nature without sliding even closely into melodrama. An overdose of hopefulness during “these uncertain times” just becomes dishonest, whereas art that both recognises…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★

    Titane is indeed an obscure, difficult film but behind the disturbing imagery there is a much deeper message laying underneath. Many of the comments that surrounded the film after it’s Cannes focused on discussing the merits of the film, whether it has something interesting to say. Like Raw this is one more piece of work worth watching as it is not only a film but an experience. It is a unique form of expression and art, and one that will…