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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    ★★★½

    The Outsiders presents a mythical, rural, teenage reality. It digs into deeper social tensions than most films, but has a unique artifice. Beautiful shots linger, of silhouettes in a landscape and boys stood against a shining sky. Key scenes take place in fire and rain, revelling in the forces of the world. Compared to Coppola's Godfather films, The Outsiders presents a young, dirty, unsophisicated gangsterdom. There's no suits, no wealth, no pause, just a constant burst of irrational youth. This…

  • The Life and Death of King Richard III

    The Life and Death of King Richard III

    The Life and Death of King Richard III is supposedly the oldest surviving complete American feature film. From 1912, it is a very primitive form of cinema, being static and basically just a collection of moving tableaus. However some of them look really great, and the scale is decently impressive, with many soldiers, plenty of horses, and a ship. There's even an early example of panning in one shot, though it's slight. The Life and Death of King Richard III…

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  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    Dear Mum,

    I never said "I love you" enough. I always meant to, but I never knew how to express my emotions. As a child I didn't understand, as an adult I don't have the humility to admit my many emotional failings. With dad being how he is, and me being me, I wonder if you ever heard it enough. But know this now, I love you. You are the reason for my every success.

    As a child I didn't…