Hary Artemis

Hary Artemis

Favourite films are the last four 4.5*+ films I have seen for the first time (or upgraded to 4.5*+ on rewatch) in reverse chronological order.

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    34/100

    Horribly edited, especially in its’ fight scenes and criminally wasting the awesome Donnie Yen. Also, pretty shallow, unoriginal and predictable, but not exactly boring, mostly due to the incessantly kinetic style and Liu’s surprisingly strong performance, which ably balances emotion with physical prowess.

    My list of 2020 releases, ranked: https://boxd.it/4MCy4

  • Sputnik

    Sputnik

    ★★★½

    66/100

    This Russian thieving magpie of a sci-fi film takes elements from a number of genre classics, but essentially offers an atmospheric riff on Alien and is loaded with mainly political allegories, especially relating to Russia’s communist past.

    When cosmonaut Veshnyakov returns to Earth, it soon transpires that he has a mysterious and malevolent extraterrestrial organism living inside him. But thanks to Abramenko’s coolly understated, meat and potatos storytelling and evocative recreation of the early ‘80s Soviet Union, Sputnik doesn’t…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    83/100

    If films are judged according to how often and how well they hit their apparent targets (and they should), then Dunkirk is near flawless. Nolan has explained that he wanted to portray the rescue mission of allied troops from France at the beginning of WWII not as a traditional war film but as a thriller, a tale of suspense and survival, and he has managed to do exactly that. Even for a film telling a well known story, this…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    35/100

    Oh dear, this is not very good is it? I haven’t read Ernest Cline’s 2011 hit book on which this is based but its hard to imagine that it’s any less hackneyed than the film. The book is supposed to be a fan letter to ’80s pop culture, set in a world where icons from movies, games and TV became real. But the film, though at times technically pretty impressive (of course it is, come on its Spielberg), is really…