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  • Happy End

    Happy End

    ★★★

    Yup, this was a Michael Haneke film alright.

    Brutally paced, slow and darkly humourous, Happy End is the surprise kinda-sequel to Amour nobody really asked for...and I kinda liked it? I think?

    Fantine Harduin gave a really impressive, subdued performance for her age.

    That's all I got.

  • Looking Glass

    Looking Glass

    ★★

    At once more boring and more creative than the usual straight-to-VOD Nic Cage tosh, Looking Glass desperately wants to channel the grungy vibe of a peak-era Cage neo-noir like Red Rock West, but can't escape glacial pacing and a general mish-mash of uninspired elements thrown together.

    The film takes itself dreadfully seriously considering how many silly scenes there are, occasionally transforming into unintentional hilarity but mostly just rising above the boredom that defines the rest of the film.

    The synth…

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  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★★

    What begins as essentially Super Size Me for doping quickly transforms into a genuinely suspenseful examination of the Russian Olympic doping program.

    Equal parts terrifying and fascinating, it's persuasively, damningly told, especially with Russia's FIFA World Cup just around the corner, and benefits from the weirdly likeable presence of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

    One of the better Netflix Originals recently; don't miss it.

  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★★★½

    An impressive step up for Angelina Jolie as a director, this is a harrowing and affecting film, propelled by an INCREDIBLE performance from young actress Sareum Srey Moch and Anthony Dod Mantle's excellent cinematography. Unlike a lot of Netflix Originals, this actually looks like a proper FILM.

    It's held back from being great by a few directorial missteps which perhaps show Jolie's inexperience, using cheesy lightbulb effects during flashbacks/memories which would look more comfortable in a Saw film, some digitally-treated slow-motion and some choppy editing.

    Still, a very respectable effort and a fine prestige addition to Netflix's lineup.