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  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★★

    This series is basically a live-action Mahjong anime, an almost beat to beat replication of some of the best, and that's all it needs to do to be great (and some great cinematography and acting helps)

  • To the Ends of the Earth

    To the Ends of the Earth

    ★★★★½

    A lonelier "Lost in Translation" set in Uzbekistan. I think the experience is enhanced depending on what you interpret the subtext to be, especially as it relates to Maeda Atsuko who plays the reporter (probably her best role so far).

    The didactic bits didn't bother be so much, as this is kind of expected in a modern Japanese film (and the target audience possibly extends to Maeda's fanbase who would be lost without such scenes).

    It's beautifully shot by Kurosawa…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    Some weird, low-budget indie movie featuring the guy from Girls and the Bob Dylan wannabe from Inside Llewyn Davis. Wish my mates had told me about this movie before dragging me to see this

  • It's Only the End of the World

    It's Only the End of the World

    ★★★★★

    Sydney Film Festival - Part 3

    It's Only the End of the World

    Xavier Dolan's most pessimistic, searing drama comes hot off the heels of his Cannes Jury prize winning "Mommy". I was a big fan of that, and i'm a big fan of this. Originally, i came out of the theatre not knowing what to think at all.

    Does the family know about x?

    What transpired in Louis' absence for Antoine to be such an asshole?

    What's the deal…