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  • The World's End
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Exorcist
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

  • Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★½

  • The Ruling Class

    ★★★

  • A Better Tomorrow

    ★★★★

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  • The World's End

    The World's End

    ★★★★★

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

    "They call me the King"

    This... this is my favourite film. No question. It took me three viewings to figure out whether this or the Lord of the Rings trilogy is what I consider the best of cinema but the third time's the charm they say.

    What's the plot? In a sleepy English town called Newton Haven, the hyperactive and perpetually drunk Gary King gathers up his former friends, lifts them from their lives and persuades them to go on…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whiplash, the outstanding debut feature of Damien Chazelle, is bolstered by one of the finest performances in cinematic history with JK Simmons as Fletcher. And although his performance alone is mesmerising, the rest of the film is also spectacular. Depicting the gradual de-humanisation of Andrew Neiman, a jazz student aiming for greatness, the film’s ruthless, raw look at power and conflict is one that enthralls me every time. The film’s primary theme is simple- how much is one person willing…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Like The Farewell and Shang-Chi, Everything Everywhere is a film with deep roots in Chinese traditions and deconstructing the ideas of the family structure that was deeply personal to me. Through the generational traumas enforced by strict, rigid upbringing and the divide between tradition and modernity embraced by the younger generation, the subtext of the Daniels' film is that of breaking down the Chinese family, explored through the power and consequence of choice, which many generations of Chinese people do…

  • Three Days of the Condor

    Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★½

    A classic post-Watergate 70's thriller, Three Days of the Condor sees Robert Redford as a CIA office worker returning to work to see his entire department murdered. On the run and with no support, Redford's character is jaded and disillusioned by the institutions he serves.

    I think the middle of the film is a bit slow, but it picks up at the end when the deception is revealed, with a powerful ending scene that depicts the truth of the American dream the characters are fighting for. The film is also notable for being the only film to have ever filmed in the original World Trade Center.

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  • Krampus

    Krampus

    ★★★½

    The middle of summer is absolutely the wrong time to watch this but suffice to say I think Batman Returns has a contender for most cynical Christmas film ever. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • The Weather Man

    The Weather Man

    ★★★★

    The Weather Man applies a dry, cynical but still lightweight perspective on life, buoyed by an understated Nicolas Cage. The capacity to freak out is buried within David Spritz, but he rarely goes cartoonishly over the top. Rather, this is a man who is undergoing a very real mid-life crisis, stuck in a well-paying but ultimately repetitive job, estranged from his family and with an uneasy relationship with his dying father. The fact that it's not utterly bleak is a…