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  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Taste of Cherry
  • The Northman
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

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  • Death on the Nile

    ★★½

  • Windfall

    ★★★½

  • Hustle

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun

    ★★★★

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  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★½

    I find Kenneth Branagh boring. And it doesn’t help that this franchise has mediocre screenplays and underwhelming (cursed) casts.

    I like Emma Mackey, but other than that there’s not much to compliment. Decent, harmless entertainment I guess, but Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer are poor and I don’t really understand the thrill of having British-looking British actors playing French or Belgian characters.

    Might help if I was heavily into Agatha Christie, but these films feel miscast and uninspired akin to Disney live-action remakes.

  • Windfall

    Windfall

    ★★★½

    Kind of underrated tbh. Between this and The One I Love, Charlie McDowell is becoming a bit of a one-trick pony, but I like that trick.

    Maybe I’m not enough of a Hitchcock fanatic to call this out as something unoriginal and underwhelming. Or maybe I just always like these one house, one day films (yes, even Malcolm and Marie to some degree).

    I like the people involved. You simply can’t go wrong with Jesse Plemons. And Jason Segel is an underused drama actor. Also, while Lily Collins and her husband McDowell could certainly be described as nepotism babies, they do have some actual talent too.

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  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    ★★★★

    Before Sunrise, but heavily under the influence of vodka

    What a brilliant film; a wonderfully unique road movie love story. It’s a largely Finnish look on Russian culture, it’s based on a novel by a Finnish author, it has a Finnish director and a Finnish protagonist. It’s fascinating and often quietly hilarious in its subtle nature.

    It’s fundamentally about the same magical little encounter on the train as Before Sunrise, but it has none of the intellectual romanticism, these characters…

  • The Reader

    The Reader

    ★★★½

    Firstly, I've never a seen a film with as much peeking as the first 10 minutes of this film.

    Secondly, David Kross was the real star, better than Winslet, whose career award was very deserved though.

    The most interesting way to interpret this...

    Michael is a victim of abuse. His emotional development stops at 15. He's incapable of forming healthy relationships because of his childhood experiences that he has falsely classified as love. 

    Hanna is a monster, partly responsible for the distant relationships of Michael's future. Michael only gets some true redemption when he finally opens up about his adolescent experiences to his daughter.