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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    NZIFF 2018: Film #8

    Reverend Toller can no longer pray. The long shadow of alienation and depression has descended upon him and he feels coldly disconnected from most of those around him. Make no mistake, Toller is not rejecting, or even really questioning, his faith in God. But his faith in humanity is being tried, slowly and wearily. As he states in his many diary entries, which are often infused with a mixture of self-pity and self-loathing, he can no…

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    Happy as Lazzaro

    ★★★★

    NZIFF 2018: Film #6

    I almost didn't see this. I only bought my ticket at the last minute, on a whim, but from the moment I sat down Rohrwacher had me won over with a beautiful opening act reminiscent of 50s Fellini and De Sica, humbly introducing us to the utterly selfless and saintlike Lazzaro (a remarkably charismatic yet subtle performance from newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), who is part of a massive group of enslaved laborers, but never complains or refuses…

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  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    ½

    Having just sat through what is almost certainly one of the most disgusting films ever made, and arguing with one person defending it, I have mulled over The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) for much longer than it deserves. My conclusion is very simple: it is a gigantic and messy gore wank.

    About as delightful as having a chunk of dry shit stuck to the hairs on the crack of your ass, this film is an inexorable 91-minute slog through…

  • A Dangerous Method

    A Dangerous Method

    ★★★★

    Michael Fassbender spanking Keira Knightley. Cronenberg knows what his fans want.