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  • Love Movie

    Love Movie

    ★★★

    A film-school project, putting to shame those dissertations we did at the last minute and then some. Adult and anarchic, Love Movie is about a certain but detached woman and a youthful but hesitant man trying to make romance work.

    She wants a kid, he doesn't know what he wants. Spirit guides appear to offer advice, projections of steadfast men whose stubbornness landed them in trouble, like the captain of the Costa Concordia.

    Problems arise when you commit to something…

  • Metal Heart

    Metal Heart

    ★★

    Not as bad for the goths as Lords of Chaos, but still pretty bad. Fashion otherness is made to symbolise isolation / a lack of empathy, and we've seen it all before. Some cracking supporting performances, but this tale of sisterhood is a bit of a drain.

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    A horror film. Burnham is hiding behind an adolescent protagonist, as if all these insecurities totally make sense at 13, but adults should know better.

    Heck no, I'm 27 and this was mortifying, this is still my life, this shit never ends. i see you, my fellow anxious bunnies who can't look other people in the eye. i see you, in a glimpse, before returning to look at my feet.