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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Where do I even begin? The acting? The cinematography? The social commentary? It's all so perfectly crafted that there's not much to say other than "wow". The performances were so REAL, I felt like I was watching a documentary about these characters. The cinematography is super lush and rich, every shot meticulously framed for a very specific purpose. I can think of many films that have attempted a similar message, but none were this successful. Bong's signature humour shines through without taking anything away from the grim nature of the film. Every element feels so purposeful, like a thousand moving parts working towards a common goal.

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★½

    Maybe these kinds of slow burn military thrillers just aren't my cup of tea but I found myself pretty disisnterested. A lot of scenes of officers on command bridges shouting orders. It boasts some good performances from the star-studded cast and a plot with sufficient twists and turns but I just couldn't get invested.

    November scavenger hunt 4/30 Obviously we can't forget The Beatles, so watch a film set in Liverpool.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

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

    Loved it! A sprawling epic of brotherhood, loyalty and betrayal. Three absolute powerhouse performances from De Niro, Pesci and Pacino (we've come a long way from Dunkaccino). It was incredible seeing these veterans of the genre doing what they do best. Action Bronson showing up as a coffin salesman was the highlight of my year. Well done Marty, well done.

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    Bill Murray plays a depressed man so well! This movie strikes a perfect balance between melancholy, humour and suprisingly uplifting moments. It's all very aesthetically pleasing, with a lot of great shots that utilise the setting well. Murray and ScarJo give excellent individual performances, but I found their chemistry together to be a bit lacking at times.

    November scavenger hunt 28/30 Ergh! I almost got through the whole list without mentioning Brexit .... Watch a film about a breakup.