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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Visceral action combined with a heart-pounding soundtrack is really all it takes to elevate Fury Road as one of the best films of all time.

    What makes a film great?
    Narrative, no doubt. A cohesive story that's driven predominantly by emotion. One that breaks free from stale ideas and stale writing to present something new, something invigorating. A story that doesn't serve purely as a vehicle to drive proceedings from A to B, but a story that demands you undivided…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    A masterful exercise in suspense, Alien is both terrifying and mesmerizing.

    There's not much to say about Alien that hasn't already been said. Ridley Scott's 1979 budget sci-fi horror has inarguably remained his seminal film over the years, and for good reason.

    There's a quality to the Xenomorph that remains as vividly terrifying as it was back upon its debut. A monster film is only as good as its monster, and both HR Giger and a budding Scott ensures that…

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  • Hush

    Hush

    ★★

    Eh.

    This movie is dark! (As in literally dark. I spent more time fiddling on my OLED than I did watching intently, before deciding that the gaffer must have called in sick)

    Watched on Netflix.

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    ★★★

    My first Noah Baumbach film. The performances are authentic, the dialogue free flowing, if equal parts frustrating. I don't know if I'm a huge fan of Baumbach's structural approach though; he's curated a snapshot of a family that feels personal and autobiographical, but not necessary gripping.

    Stiller gives a surprisingly solid performance, and Sandler makes me wanna cry with the potential he has for the makings of a good dramatic actor.

    Watched on Netflix.

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  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★★

    I think it's crazy that years and sometimes decades can pass, only for studios to somewhat randomly throw old properties back into the public eye and hope that even though their core audience now sits comfortably in a whole new generational bracket, they might be okay being spoon fed the same shit. The Incredibles 2, El Camino, The Lego Movie 2 to name a few from the last year or so; oddities of the film industry, in that they represent…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★

    A fairly seminal piece of cinema that's been missing from my viewed filmography until now. I was smiling from beginning to end; vibrant colours pop and eclectic musical moments soar. The whole affair loses its momentum in the last act of its short runtime, but it's still a terrifically fun, lighthearted watch, and one I'll probably re-visit sometime soon.

    Watched on DVD (thanks Bec!)