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  • Spirited Away
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Fast Five
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  • Light Sleeper

    ★★★★½

  • The Howling

    ★★½

  • Bullet Train

    ★★½

  • The Departed

    ★★½

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  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    ★★★★½

    20% plot to 80% vibes, a great City at Night movie, endless sad-synth-and-reverb-soaked-saxophone music, a slow drift toward a dawn that never comes, miserable low-glamour, a very sculptural sex scene, Willem Dafoe journaling in melodramatic high-noir prose, the birth of the 90s or more accurately the death of the 80s - obviously I LOVED this.

    Who among us wouldn't deliver drugs to high society types if Susan Sarandon (hovering just one step out of reality through the power of camp alone) asked us nicely? I wish Jane Adams was in every movie. Just all of them.

  • The Howling

    The Howling

    A #ProjectWolf watch.

    This is... ok. When it's either playing the investigation aspect really straight faced, or leaning into B movie, it's good. The pacing feels very stop/start and stumbling. There's some great FX stuff - the shot where the severed pulsing hand turns human is really good. Some of the werewolf transformations go on too long (I am realising I maybe care about transformations much less than most werewolf fans?) but I love when the wolves by the far…

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  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    De Palma December: In July. This letterboxd review will self-destruct in 5.

    Banger, clearly. I love what the M:I series becomes, and the shift to focussing on stunts and spectacle, but I also love this smaller version which is more about suspense (and suspension, am I right? Hello? Is this thing on?).

    I love the first team! I wish we got to spend more time with them though I realise it's narratively necessary to, you know, not. Would happily have…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★½

    How good can a film possibly be while housing the single worst/weirdest performance of Tom Hanks’ long career? This fucking good.

    First half is absolutely spectacular, second half makes peace with the rules of the space time continuum and is merely very good as a result. I think I’ve realised my favourite genre of film is “movies that absolutely bang on a big screen that might not be worth watching at all on a laptop”.

    Austin Butler is excellent and…