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  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Cowboy Bebop
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  • Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★★

  • Domino

    ★★★★

  • The Act of Killing

  • Tokyo Sonata

    ★★★★

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Béla Tarr puts me into a trance. Have you ever gazed at mud so long that you begin to realise an intricate beauty in it? Do you perhaps come to appreciate its consistent texture or its effervescent gleam? At some point during the seven hours you’ll spend inside the filthy world of Sátántangó, you’ll be able to answer “yes” to either one of these questions. As a pure mood piece on entropy and desolation, few films surpass it. Tarr’s mise-en-scene…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    ★★★★★

    One would be hard pressed to walk away from In the Realm of the Senses without having formulated an opinion or have gone through some sort of emotional response. This film is a prime example of the power of the medium. It is nearly impossible to shut off the body and brain’s response to what is being presented. We are conditioned to react to the stimulating and titillating elements of film, despite the fact that film is a (mostly) two-dimensional…

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  • Bend It Like Beckham

    Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★★

    I’m going to re-enter puberty just writing about this. You’re lucky you’re unbelievably pretty with eyebrows that could kill a man, Parminder Nagra. And Keira Knightley for looking like Keira Knightley. Allow me to set the scene, Jules sees Jess playing football at the park with her friends, and, based on Keira Knightley’s facial expressions, falls in love with her on the spot. Beyond being able to cruise a hottie like a champ, Jules also realises how good Jess is—she’s…

  • Domino

    Domino

    ★★★★

    Domino is different from most biopics in that Domino Harvey lived her life as a tough-as-nails, badass bounty hunter, but the plot of the film chronicling her life is almost entirely fictionalised. This cinematic monument foregoes factual accuracy in a bid to capture her inimitable spirit and zeal for life, and the result is nothing short of pure chaos. It could be argued that Tony Scott reaches the zenith of his filmmaking style with Domino. In essence, Domino looks like…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★★

    Adam McKay wrote the script for Don’t Look Up in a pre-pandemic world. Today, nearly two years into the pandemic, his film about the politicisation of issues that ought not be considered political still rings eerily prophetic.

    At some moments, Don’t Look Up feels like it has a never-ending list of high grossing celebrities that will enter the scene at any moment. I would have been hardly surprised if Kylie Jenner emerged to play the role of an influencer using…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    It all began with the simplest of questions— “What’s your favourite scary movie?” — in a scene that has gone down in history as one of the greatest all-time openers in cinema; no spoilers, but if you aren’t aware of just why Drew Barrymore is synonymous with the genre then you have some serious rectifying to do. Subverting expectations is what Wes Craven mastered within the Scream series, whether it was placing one of his biggest stars in immediate peril or…