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  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★★

    An absolute masterpiece. The classical surroundings and symbolic depth makes it feel like a grand American epic such as 'Moby Dick.' The single study of the male also feels literary as the close-up single study is usually only done through first-person perspective. It feels almost invasive and emotionally fragile (Faulkner, Hemingway) to be cinematic.

    It really didn't have to go 'that' hard tho. I didn't cry but was on the brink of doing so from the first 2 minutes of him caressing the horse until the final credits.

    A flawless masterpiece.

  • Archipelago

    Archipelago

    ★★★★½

    A stunning use of landscape and clever but obvious use of the archipelago conceit to represent the middle-class Londoners' small-mindedness. Hiddlestone's distanced desire to help could be easily applied to London's view of council estates and the working class.

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  • Leaving Neverland

    Leaving Neverland

    ★★★★

    Wow - Part 1 was a grim watch. Completely understand why they had mental health professionals on-hand at Sundance. 8 minutes into Leaving Neverland and I already had a lump in my throat. Pretty much starts from 1 of the young boys winning the competition from 10 mins in and relentlessly continues with building the case for 2 hours. Its particular use of archive footage is outstanding but really disturbing - humanizing the fact that the victims are young children…

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

    Really enjoyed Can You Ever Forgive Me? Beautiful shots of New York with a good jazz score and Melissa McCarthy is sensational. Unsure if I felt the same about Richard E Grant - loveable, camp & flamboyant but that's just Richard E Grant.