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  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★½

    The strangest thing I felt while watching this is that it felt at times like it was holding back a bit - never quite going in for the kill. I do not know why this was, but it felt a little tamer than I expected (even though it is a lot less glamorised than most high school films). Maybe I've gone mad... And as usual, my dislike of children acting kept me from truly loving the film (although they were pretty good I guess).

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★½

    I can see why this is a divisive film. It begins looking and feeling like a music video with all the rapid cutting and ‘loudness’, but then takes a hard turn into a more ethereal look at the ennui-ridden melancholia being experienced by the young main characters. These two concepts seem mutually exclusive, but I think it was pulled off reasonably well here; although it is certainly straddling the line between actually having a bit of an edge to it…

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  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★½

    Such a simple story, but one which can be a metaphor for so many things. The way so few of the adults listen to the kids, the obsessive quest to do the right thing, the child's perspective of the world - it all just comes together perfectly. I am always a bit leery towards children acting, but they were all superb in this.

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Definitely the best murder mystery film where the murderer and their motivation is not presented, and by the end you are not sure if a murder has even taken place.
    There is very little dialogue in the film, with a large number of very visual scenes, including the Yardbirds concert (with the creepy disinterested audience), the titular blow up scenes, as well as the park photography. I really love the sound design during these park scenes - just the wind…