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  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Unbreakable
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Matrix Revolutions

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  • Being James Bond

    ★★★★

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★

  • Last Man Standing

    ★★★★

  • Pig

    ★★★★★

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    Netflix (ULTRA 4K)
    2.39:1
    Color 
    35mm
    15

    “Unless you assholes are taking me to the Batcave, fuck you for putting this hood on me”

    When satirical comedy takes aim at social and political commentary, the most tedious and inept manifestation of said mode is to point and laugh and show absolutely no undercurrent of poignancy and profound inept magnitude in how the events are unfolding. This is exactly what Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up is - a boring inept point…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    Warner Bros
    2.39:1
    Color 
    Redcode RAW
    15

    “After all these years, to be going back to where it started... back to the Matrix”

    It's hard to know where to start with Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections. First and foremost, from someone who adores the work of both Lana and Lilly and who cherishes the original Matrix trilogy – specifically the sequels – going back to the source seemed a sure-fire to cause excitement and be a rousing success, and for…

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  • Being James Bond

    Being James Bond

    ★★★★

    MGM
    1.85:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    As much as any fan would want more honest conversation and unique footage, Being James Bond is an open examination of Craig’s Bond legacy, discussed  through those that were on the ground and supplied with albeit slight ‘never before seen footage’. At around 45 minutes this documentary is ever so tight and fast but nevertheless poignant and profound on multiple levels, discussing larger themes such as the power dynamic between a fan base and producers that…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★

    Searchlight 
    1.85:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    The atmosphere, a single performance, the set-design are all here in undoubtedly thematic clumps and work effortlessly at creating a brooding portrait of gothic mystery. The issue front and centre - one that sadly hinders many of Del Toro’s productions - is that Nightmare Alley never gets out of first gear. Never evolving thematically, narratively, structurally, and is a constant that feels as if it has done all the hard work and needs to do…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    Disney + Lucasfilm. Vue Extreme Cinema
    2.39:1
    Color 
    35mm + 65mm + Codex
    12
    2D

    “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to”

    Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is a bitterly disappointing, flat, tiresome, and ultimately disastrous attempt at wanting to stand out against the norm. The tone is completely utterly wrong for such a massively important episode in a franchise that needs to go darker and embrace it. It has no clue of what it wants to…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    VENICE 2019

    ”Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

    Phoenix is phenomenal. Dark, gritty & fucking crazy Joker is more on the lines of Mean Streets than Taxi Driver but is clearly heavily influenced on the latter. It all looks to be serving a masterclass, but Phillips stumbles in the last hurdle with the film not knowing if it wants to stand alone as its own entity or be enticed and constricted by the lore that surrounds it.

    80

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