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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

  • Encounter

    ★★★½

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    2021 Ranking 

    Like Misaki's driving, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s directorial touch guides us so smoothly through the beautiful nuances of this tale that you almost forget you're in a film as much as Kafuku forgets he's in the car.

    Incredible 3 hours fly. So many standout sequences that take their time to engage and move you without having a forceful touch, a much needed palette cleanser after the Oscar bait nonsense I watched yesterday. Interplay of languages is fascinating, those car scenes…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    2021 Ranking 

    This captures the source material so damn well and yet still manages to be such a distinctly Jane Campion beast. Jonny Greenwood’s score is just insane, sets the tempo and tension for each richly atmospheric chapter. The discomfort and the richly layered interactions between characters all so beautifully shot, composed and acted, particularly between Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee who capture that unique, strange and twisty dynamic brilliantly. Another ace in the hole from one of our greats.

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    2021 Ranking 

    Campion’s films are perfect for rewatches. So much texture to the smallest of details in the background and subtext, so apparent here especially in so much of what makes Peter click as a character. Confirmed as a masterpiece for me, got even better this time around.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

    2021 Ranking 

    Just a lovely film, fell from it from the start, and that ending scene is brilliant. Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman are a wonderful duo, but it’s Gaby Hoffmann who really blew me away. This is the B&W crowdpleaser that should be getting all the love!

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  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★½

    2021 Ranking 

    Almost none of Branagh’s directorial choices, especially with the framing and editing of scenes, worked for me. Crucial elements like the father/mother conflict did nothing for me. Balfe and Dornan - fine, but felt Branagh’s choices in their crucial scenes together held me back from embracing them. Kept thinking to the Jacob/Monica scenes in Minari and here, I just couldn’t feel it. Hated the ‘High Noon’ needledrop but the ‘Everlasting Love’ scene was nice.

    Rather loved Ciarán Hinds and…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    2021 Ranking 

    Oscar winner Claire Mathon methinks! Beautifully crafted and daring biopic which really takes its time and efforts to really immerse you within Diana’s headspace, a few of Steven Knight’s lines are a bit too over the top but on a whole a remarkable achievement, Pablo Larraín’s examination of Diana’s psyche is tremendous. I don’t think it needs to be said at this point but Kristen Stewart is superb, you really feel for her every step of the way.