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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    Eighth Grade does an incredible job of recreating the discomfort and anxiety of teenagehood. I can't say I necessarily "enjoyed" watching the film, rather felt frequently uncomfortable and painfully relating to Kayla's experiences. Despite being long past that age/a different gender/living in a different country/growing up without smartphones & social media, there's a painful universal relatability of just how awful being a teenager is and it's such a testament to Bo Burnham's thoughtful writing and Elsie Fisher's terrific performance that it…

  • Cracked Actor

    Cracked Actor

    ★★★½

    Even coked out of his goddamn mind, David Bowie is still so articulate and interesting. Not the best Bowie doc but a fascinating snapshot of the man at that particular point in his career, seemingly lost and even more alien & other-worldly whilst touring America. Very easy to see why Nicolas Roeg wanted him for The Man Who Fell to Earth after seeing this.

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  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    ★★★★★

    It seems reductive to compare something so fresh and original to other films, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang feels like a hybrid mix of Lethal Weapon, Out of Sight, Chinatown, Midnight Run and Tarantino movies. It's got that perfect "buddy cop" chemistry, the unravelling mystery plot, the noir-ish sensibilities, the smart meta dialogue and fourth-wall shattering, the riotous black humour, the sharp, lightning-quick quips, the note-perfect timing, the surprising violence, the stylish, inventive direction, the sublime casting, the highly watchable…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    For all the criticisms you can level at Quentin Tarantino as a writer and director, he's yet to make a bad or unenjoyable movie, and Django sits comfortably as one of his best and most entertaining films: a hugely enjoyable revenge story/spaghetti western, topped by outstanding performances and Tarantino's inimitably engrossing writing.

    It's hard to know what to write about specifically though: it's exactly what you'd expect from a Tarantino film (for the most part, at least). Not that that's…