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  • No Way Out

    No Way Out

    ★★★½

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

    So, the first Sidney Poitier film I've seen - and also the first Sidney Poitier film (basically, discounting some bit part on an appearance in a documentary). Despite not having seen any Poitier films though, I am familiar with the figure of Poitier - one of the first and biggest American black superstar actors. I heard of him before I knew of Paul Robeson, and later became familiar of his reputation for starring in these sort of "racial reconciliation fantasies",…

  • Burning Cane

    Burning Cane

    ★★★½

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

    [quick cw for this film - there is some dialogue expressing transphobic views in the film]

    It's bonkers that this was made by a 17 year old. But even disregarding that, it's an engaging and excellently-made film in its own right.

    The aesthetics of the film are light as air, and the whole film has a "wandering" quality, similar to the vibe I get from (trailers of) latter-day Malick films (unfortunately not seen any).

    The themes and ideas within the…

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  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate

    ★★★★★

    I've only seen this once, at the moment, but I feel the need to write something about it. This film, in my opinion, is amazing. The scale is ridiculous - there seems to be sometimes thousands of extras milling around a constructed town. The scenes in the opening and throughout the film are epic on a scale I've never seen before... not because they have ridiculously dramatic music, or high stakes (there are almost no stakes at that point in…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ½

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

    This is an incredibly ugly film. Most obviously in its visuals, a kind of mid-2000s video game cutscene aesthetic, that just renders the entire film almost unwatchable. Secondly, the film is ugly in many of its moment to moment interactions, barefaced examples of screenwriting excrement. Thirdly, the messages and thematic ideas and conclusions of the film are ugly. Fourthly, the whole development and main constitution of the film as a 200-minute advertisement is extremely ugly.

    Let's look at our hero…