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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    “We are not leading the lives we are meant for. We are meant for something else.” 

    Seeing Knight Of Cups in January 2016 was perhaps the worst cinema experience I’ve ever had. The screening was full of couples who loudly debated whether or not they should leave and strangers who called across the room to each other to discuss how “pretentious” it was, offering no courtesy to fellow filmgoers and no justification for their misplaced judgment. The word “pretentious” is rarely used…

  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Moved To No. 2 In “2018 RANKED” :) 

    Lisa: “I know you’re going through a lot, so I decided to be generous today.” 
    Arturo: “You are everyday.” 
    Lisa: “What’s that?” 
    Arturo: “You’re generous everyday.” 
    Lisa: “Oh, well. Thank you Arturo.” 

    Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls is an incredible movie, warmly comforting without shying away from the aching melancholy of its subject matter, and one of my all time favourite films. Following a day in the life of the workers at…

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  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★½

    There are about fifty good music videos in this and not a single good movie, but there’s definitely an interesting one. Dividing his black-centric story into two very distinct halves and using techniques that pushed my tiny theatre’s screen and speakers to the limit, Trey Edward Shultz certainly can’t be faulted for a lack of ambition. What he can be faulted for is using his ambition in ways so sloppy, so stubborn, so carelessly self-serving. It Comes At Night was one…

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★

    When I was a wee thirteen years old Titanic was my favourite movie of all time. I watched it and rewatched it constantly, bawling hysterically at several key moments without fail. Having viewed the film for the first time in seven or eight years (finally in a cinema, no less), twenty-one year old me is woefully embarrassed by my past self. For all its innovative spectacle and wallet-emptying appeal, James Cameron’s tragic romance is exactly the type of synthetic, populist…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★

    MCU RANKED - The Road To Endgame :) 
    ADDED TO 2019 RANKED :) 

    Avengers: Endgame is not great cinema. Many fans will no doubt insist that it is, lauding it as some kind of perfect masterpiece or the peak of its genre in the days and months and years to come, confusing their high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction with high levels of quality craft. Enjoyment and satisfaction are extremely valuable things, however, and a movie doesn’t need to be…

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★½

    ADDED TO "2019 RANKED" :) 

    More like Hell-NO, amiright? Neil Marshall’s needless and very R-rated Hellboy is a disaster, a movie so clearly reworked in post-production that it committed the unforgivable sin of giving me Suicide Squad flashbacks, traumatic recollections too-easily supported by the momentum-killing flashbacks, jarring needle drops and editing so obviously bad it’ll probably win the 2019 Oscar. 

    The lore-packed plot is as widely strewn and scattered as the gratuitous gore, barreling from sequence to awkward sequence with little regard for cinematic…