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  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★

    We begin the film with the premise of a man searching for his sister on an island colonised by a religious cult. An hour into the film we still only have this same information. Sure, we have met many characters but despite spending a full 60 minutes on the island among the cult the film has not given us an idea of what they are about, what they are trying to achieve, why they are so threatening, why they have…

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★½

    Book to film adaptations challenge even the best writers and directors. Beautiful Boy attempts to combine two into one film. Unfortunately in certain ways, it shows.

    Loosening the narrative into a fluid amalgam of flashbacks, flashforwards, and present-day events surrounding a young man's descent into addiction increased the challenge of bringing the two complementary perspectives of father and son to screen. We are given no timestamps or orientation about when certain scenes are occuring, and many flow into another as…

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★

    What begins as a deeply engaging adventure between a desperate Pattinson and his disabled brother into ethics of crime, generational poverty and mental disability transpires into an inconsistent domino of happen-chances which almost entirely ignores the themes and tone of the opening 20 minutes. Favouring instead a sequential mishmash of decisions made by the protagonist and his newfound accomplices which I guess equates to 'crime doesn't pay' and 'stay in school'?

    What eventuates fails to properly address the central thesis…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    Captivating in its fleeting simplicity of romantically disoriented protagonists, Lost in Translation explores a view of life and love so often ignored on film in a tender but challenging way.

    Both lead actors are astonishing in the depth of their portrayals. Neither is ever given to emotional outbursts on either end of the spectrum, but communicate so much with so little and thus connecting with the audience and themes much more powerfully.

    Japan and the hotel and the external characters…