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  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★★

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

    I knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to rewatch Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream. I recalled beforehand my previous experience with the film - being left both terrified out of my mind and blown away by it all. It's generally agreed that Requiem for a Dream falls into the category of "those films you have to watch once and only once", and yet, something just urged me to recapture that hypnotic feeling of dread and awe that had…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

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

    I couldn’t help but rewatch Children of Men. I was curious to see whether I would love it as much as I did when I wrote my first review, or if any structural, narrative or tonal flaws would be revealed upon closer inspection. But as with the first watch, I soon found myself fully immersed into the world of Theo Farron, a world imploding in reaction to the loss of the precious human ability to procreate, a world frightfully more relevant to…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    First of all, just say the title out loud. The Wolf Of Wall Street. Ugh! Isn’t that just the slickest, snappiest title you’ve ever heard? It rolls off the tongue so easily, while perfectly capturing the essence of the titular character as a drug-fueled, womanising criminal maniac disguised as a wealthy stockbroker. Turns out that name was actually created by the real Jordan Belfort for the title of his autobiography, so props to the man himself for coming up with it.…

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★

    Prisoners is an immersive, tense whodunit style thriller which follows the interweaving stories of two characters: a god-fearing, wary father (Hugh Jackman) who takes it into his own hands to find his kidnapped daughter through any brutal means necessary, and a steely-eyed, determined cop’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) own investigation into the abduction of the girl and her friend. Although Jackman was superb in showcasing how a tragic event like a daughter’s kidnapping can deprive a man like Keller of Dover of…