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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    Extreme close-ups of blood-lined eyes darting frantically across the monstrosities in front of them. A pig-squealing giant in a hand-stitched skin mask, lip-licking from a misplaced arousal of unrelenting slaughter. An unwanted guest setting tones of pure sadism, a smiling delirium of hysteria and blood. Paradoxical cycles of violence and torture. 

    Is evil taught, or is it born?

    Irreplaceable, irrepressible, and boundlessly barbaric, Hooper's horrifying vision is an unrepentant chain of gut-churning claustrophobic events, its combination of secluded aesthetics and…

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    Having recently seen the pilot of David Fincher's tightly-crafted psychological Netflix venture, the introductory episode spurred up as many thoughts on Sidney Lumet's bank-breaking cinematic confidence as it did on Fincher's character-driven composition.

    Even in 1975, films hit audiences that were rife with widespread homophobic prejudice and ingrained traditionalism. The perverse perspectives of biased bigotry were more common than many could've hoped to believe, and yet Lumet's Humanitarian approach to Dog Day Afternoon managed to capture the truly universal nature…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    It's impossible for a movie to look better than this.

    Where the rambling of an avid film student's critique usually starts with an infatuated commentary on the director, it's hard not to admit that the cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 is the dominant player. Roger Deakins is quite clearly an auteur in his own right, creating an extended universe of his own through the vibrancy of his lighting. Taking the steely blue pallet of Prisoners and merging it with the…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps mother!'s greatest irony is its reception. Throughout the film we see people, as we were, as we are, as all we'll ever be. 

    We see the unjust sacrificial ceremonies religion can be resorted to. We see murderous interrogations, constellated consumerism and momentous amounts of misogyny. We see fully-fledged war, chaotic destruction, and an irrevocable disregard for tranquility. We see physically epitomised bible parables made flesh for the relativity of the audience. We see venomous rage spewed at an unstoppable…