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  • Annihilation



    For around the first hour I really wasn't sold on this. The fairly thin characters, B-movie clichés in the middle act and outright bizarre compositional decisions (why does the film so heavily rely on short-sight singles for conversations that don't warrant them? why does it so constantly centre-frame characters with so much ugly dead space behind them?) made me wander what on earth had led people to describe this as 'cerebral' or intellectual in any manner.

    In fact, even by…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    This is completely magical, a cinematic wonderland that at its best is emotionally stunning, expressionistic heaven.

    Despite some cinematography that is occasionally a bit too 'glossy' (I never feel like the Arri Alexa is suited to period films like this) and some rushed development of the central relationship, this is a ballsy, strange film that melted my heart. A deserved Best Picture win.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    Marvel continue their streak of lush visual palettes previously seen in Thor: Ragnarok and Dr. Strange. Black Panther is a genuinely visually inventive blockbuster, and I was a huge fan of how it melded elements of Afro-Futurism into its look. Its unique blend of sci-fi and African architecture makes Wakanda feel far more interesting than your average CGI cityscape. Ludwig Göransson's score is also easily the best a Marvel film has ever had, and Kendrick comes through with some incredible…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread


    The 70mm print of this was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen projected on a screen. So lush and gorgeous. Greenwood's score is typically incredible, sound design is absolutely thrilling.

    Such a volatile, wickedly funny, beautifully composed depiction of a mutually abusive relationship. Such a manic, absorbing tale of obsession, possession and ultimately tragic codependency. Adored it.

    The last half hour is definitely extraneous, repeating the same beats as the previous 90 minutes, but it contains such a multitude of pleasures it's hard to mind too much.