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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★

  • Free Guy

    ★½

  • When Marnie Was There

    ★★

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★½

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★

    "We are both men out of time"

    Admirably quite compelling from a narrative and thematic perspective during much of the run time, The Winter Soldier feels distinct from other Marvel movies in the deliberacy and cohesion of its writing, this is the strongest story of any of these films I have seen. Though unfortunately, as with most contemporary superhero movies, it does dissolve into a farce by the end where a lot of the threads established during the first half…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★½

    "Don't have a good day, have a great day."

    There's a movie which I really like called Wings of Desire (1987) wherein an angel chooses to give up immortality and live as a human because he observed the life and plight of people on earth and saw a kind of indescribable beauty which gave him an intense desire to live amongst them. When remade in 1998 as City of Angels that humanity was robbed of the film and replaced by…

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★

    The Red Turtle could have been named amongst some of the greatest animated movies ever made had it ended approximately 40 minutes in. What was at one point an intensely emotional and profound exploration of human resilience and our conflict with nature, almost at once completely goes to trash at the introduction of a second character.

    (As it happens midway through the film this could be considered a spoiler however what I am going to discuss as the downfall of…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    Film Club May 24th - May 26th

    "but in a world of peace there is no hope"

    Simply excellent doesn't begin to cover how magnificent Harakiri is. Nearly flawless in both story telling and visuals, Masaki Kobayashi 1962 classic deserves no less than to be called a masterpiece.

    An ex-warrior, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance into a house in order to commit Harakiri (the act of committing suicide by self-inflicted disembowelment). While waiting to commit the act, he tells…