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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★½

    I mean, I went to Sweden this past Midsummer and ended up sat in a park in Gothenburg whilst people gave me strange drinks so my own experience wasn't too dissimilar

  • Miss Violence

    Miss Violence

    ★★

    My knowledge of Greek cinema outside of the Weird Wave of Lanthimos and Tsangari is sorely lacking, so I was looking forward to seeing this work from Alexandros Avranas which did well at Venice. Whilst watching, however, I was immediately put in mind of Dogtooth insofar as this is another work dealing with an insular family unit ruled over by a patriarchal tyrant. Unlike, Dogtooth however, there is no humour to be found here. It similarly shares a sense of…

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  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★½

    A film like this could only have been made in Japan. Whilst the western idea of taking risks in animation involves slipping some adult humour into the latest DreamWorks/Pixar moneymaker, Yuasa here is given free rein to express his very evident artistic genius. Like all of his work, Night is Short is unrestrained even by typical conventions of anime, his one-of-a-kind animation style a breath of fresh air in a homogenous and generic marketplace. In similarly typical fashion, his works…

  • Tokyo Idols

    Tokyo Idols

    ★★★½

    It's going to be extremely hard for me not to turn this into a fully fledged essay rather than a film review. Idol culture is something I've been interested in for a long time, so here's my attempt to separate my feelings and write something objectively about this documentary. With that in mind...

    Tokyo Idols does a pretty good job of exploring Japan's idol culture in its various forms. It covered stuff I already knew and stuff I didn't, getting…