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  • Roma

    Roma

    I’m going to rewatch this when it’s out on Netflix and hope that the reason I came away from it so cold is due to the effusive praise and my own expectations of Cuarón’s work misleading me as to what kind of film this was. As it stands, aside from one properly harrowing long take towards the end, I found this all a bit humdrum. Like I said, I really, really hope that’s just me, because I love Cuarón and I should have loved this.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★

    Beautifully observed familial drama, playful and funny and rich. There's a strong element of the Dickensian to Shoplifters, of lost people somehow finding joy and camaraderie and silliness together. The highlights are the kids, whose story is so unbelievably pure and heart-melting, as well as the father, who adds constant layers of moral complexity and desperate insecurity to a narrative which might otherwise come off as slight (something that occasionally befell the other Kore-eda film I've seen, Our Little Sister).…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

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

    Fuck, and I thought Civil War was bad...

    Infinity War is the apotheosis of Marvel's vendetta against storytelling, begun in earnest in 2015, which has since come to overwhelm all of their Avengers movies.

    At the end of Infinity War, Thanos wins. He kills half the universe. THIS is the genuinely experimental ending people have been promising. When Marvel fans have bleated over the years that the MCU is structured like a season of television, with each film being an…

  • 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…