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  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★

    Coppolla once said that he wanted The Godfather to be a "metaphor for capitalism." That subtext is certainly there, with the opening line (over black, no less) being "I believe in America." But to me it always fell by the wayside, maybe by dint of not being an American...

    I enjoy this film as a good old fashioned tragedy. Seeing Michael become the ruthless crime lord that, at the beginning of the film, he had no intention to be. If…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★

    This is a comedy, right? I mean, its got an overenthusiastic Hilterjugend boy with a Kiwi Hitler for an imaginary friend. So it must be a comedy, right? Right?!

    Look, being an Israeli Jewish person, I love my Nazi humour as much as the next person. So this comedy would have been fine me; and indeed, THAT aspect of this film is very, very funny. So why then does around 70% of this film play like a period drama, instead?…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Ahead of this film's release, the marketing and online discourse seem to indicate trouble in one particular regard: the potential redemption of Kylo Ren. Having listened to the "For Your Consideration" soundtrack album (which is quite good), some of the more elegiac renditions of his themes (he has two) seem to support this eventuality.

    If this is indeed the case and Kylo is to be redeemed, than it does explain the puzzling re-introduction of the Emperor into the film. I…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

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

    Okay, its official: Star Wars has reached moral bankruptcy. Appearantly, giving Rey the kiss of life exonerates Kylo Ren of one account of patricide, two accounts of attempted avunculcide, one attempted matricide and dozens of homicides. Ya hear that, lawyers?

    Also, appearantly - all this time - this whole nine-film saga was building towards emperor Palpatine wanting to undergo sex change. Points for progressiveness, then?

    Seriously, though, as a movie this wasn't that bad. It was well-photographed throughout and all…