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  • Strike
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Hour of the Wolf
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  • Doom

    ★½

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★

  • Wings

    ★★★

  • Chariots of Fire

    ★★

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  • Doom

    Doom

    ★½

    "Look alive, men. Game time"

    Recently I played the video game Doom 3 (2004), and it wasn't very good. There is a lot which could be said regarding the quality of the game, however a surprising success is its unique art direction. The game's slower pacing, the more grotesque redesigns of iconic Doom creatures, exceptional sound design, and the infamously low-key lighting all converge to produce some good horror moments, even if the shooting and level design aren't great. The…

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★

    "It is a bit unoriginal, right?"

    There are some cute moments utilising different animation styles which occasionally elicits a chuckle and the overall premise is like Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) with some additional industry cynicism, however broadly Rescue Rangers is just late gen x / early millennial nostalgia bait. It is so preoccupied with referential pandering that the movie lacks anything of its own and fails to leave an impression. Where Roger Rabbit felt like a distinct world, fully…

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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…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★

    "It was such a relief when I saw it crying. It may look different, but it's still true to itself. It's still an emotionally charged towel."

    Chungking Express definitely feels like a film of two halves, one significantly better than the other but neither quite as good as people seem to rate this film. Visually very captivating and rich, I can see how Wong Kar-Wai has influenced directors like Sofia Coppola, but equally so I can see how his overly…