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  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    ★★

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a migraine in a film. Tsukamoto's 1989 feature is a turbulent portrayal of technological obsession, best described as a cyberpunk body-horror. The editing is spasmodic, each frame wired together with an industrial soundtrack. On-set conditions caused most of the crew to walk out before filming ended which may explain the suffocating tone. Tetsuo is unrelenting in its pace, frantically upping the tension and fury to the final, apocalyptic scenes. The narrative is disjointed and the…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★

    Greta Gerwig delivers a smartly shot and well constructed debut film in 'Lady Bird'. The sharp narrative on the foibles of teenage life is an authentic, warts and all, coming-of-age tale. There is evident pride in the subject matter and in Gerwig's hometown of Sacramento. Unfortunately, the film submits to many of the ‘Teen-movie’ genre tropes and clichés. The characters in the film are obnoxious yet they are redeemed via some tender moments dotted throughout. Astute pacing contrasts the themes…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★

    Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama is a meditative tale of a young African-American grappling with society's expectations. It is the first film with an all black cast to win Best Picture and also the first to win featuring LGBT subject matter. Chiron, the lead character, is portrayed by three different actors. Each one gives a uniquely introspective performance, filled with emotional vulnerability. The supporting cast are powerful and effectively used in the identity struggle throughout. Every frame feels like a new…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★½

    It turns out, the only shape that water makes is one resembling a damp squib. Unfortunately, Del Toro's 'love letter to troubled times' expends most of its charm and style within the first twenty minutes. What follows is a banal and predictable tale, falling short of its 'Creature Feature' concept and extensive award speculation. The supporting characters were clichéd and the subplots underwhelming. Combined, this wasted any potential development of the film's central relationship. However, Del Toro successfully blurs the…

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★

    A film of equal measures heart and honesty. The stop-motion animation is handled with care and the bright colour scheme highlights the themes of friendship and hope while contrasting the darker undertones. The film is well paced, (an important requirement for its 65 minute runtime) with sensitive and affecting moments throughout.