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  • Halloween

    ★★★½

  • Mabo

    ★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★★

  • X

    ★★★★½

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★½

    This is a difficult film to praise, as it feels like anything positive that I muster will just be drowned out by the millions of other words that people on and off this platform have shouted before me. Yet, it's great praise that is to be lauded on Spirited Away, as it is a piece of art that is truly beautiful, wholly innocent and hypnotically exempt of real criticism. Hayao Miyazaki is not a creative I've delved into before this…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★★

    All this talk of whether or not Baz Luhrmann can make meaningful pictures that delve beyond hyper-juiced editing and whacky transitions has always seemed like a waste of time to me. Films like Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet are quintessential films in their respective genres, and, even though they are highly stylised, they are full of heart, emotion, and self-awareness. Critiques like this have always felt out of place when thrown at the likes of Luhrmann, especially after the…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    I really wanted to like this more, especially since my first watch of Halloween was probably some 6 or 7 years ago, but there’s just an underlying dullness to this movie that can’t be escaped. Apparently Debra Hill and John Carpenter aimed to emulate radio shows of old and offer a scare every 10 or so minutes, but even rear doesn’t seem to carry this movie all the way to perfection. Halloween is probably the horror movie for many people,…

  • Mabo

    Mabo

    ★★★

    Everybody loves a good courtroom drama, but Mabo can’t help but feel like it’s a kid’s picture book version of what is obviously a brilliant story. All films made for TV suffer such a curse that is gross underfunding, a plight made even worse when you can see the shine of the director trying to break through. Of course, the life of Koiki Mabo is a phenomenal one and it’s a great, great thing that there is an accessible medium…

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  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★

    This is not at all the movie anyone wanted, and this is not at all a very good kids movie, but Lightyear is a rather compelling study of an exceptionally iconic character that is welcome nonetheless. The science fiction Richter scale is ticking off the charts here, with many tropes of more successful cinema creeping their way into Lightyear’s screenplay, yet they’re never really introduced in a way that feels natural or particularly necessary. This film presents some wonderful ideas…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★½

    I could be wrong, but I think Christopher Nolan has certainly the reached that point in his career where, even if a newly released film of his is remotely underwhelming, he cops a ridiculous, and I mean ridiculous amount of slack for it. Mind you, this is based purely off of what I’ve heard from friends, read in newspapers and seen from you lot on LB in regard to Tenet.

    So of course, I went into my session last night…