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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

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    This film handles its subject matter so well and in such a sensitive way. The way the sound design forces us into the perspective of Riz Ahmed's character - Ruben, a drummer losing his hearing - is absolutely masterful. This has to be the best use of sound that I have probably ever heard in a film - certainly the most interesting.

    Riz Ahmed's performance is brilliant, he's emotional without being melodramatic and he is completely convincing as…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

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    Aside from director Chloé Zhao's masterful camerawork, the reason that Nomadland is so amazing is that it's honest, intimate and transparent. When you watch this film, it feels like you are watching events from somebody's life - Frances McDormand's disappearance into her role also helps with this feeling. I feel pretentious using the word 'kino', but this film is what you call kino.

    Also Chloé Zhao is making a Marvel movie and I am beyond excited.

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★★★

    MOVIES I MISSED (THE 20th CENTURY) - FILM #4

    Into the Wild is a joyful, emotional and philosophical experience that has been concentrated into an amazing two-and-a-half hour film. The music, the locations and scenery, the thought-provoking dialogue and the top-notch performances all come together to make this a brilliant and entertaining journey from beginning to end. The (true) story is very interesting and really makes you take a step back from all of the garbage in the world and think.

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★½

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    Nobody is exactly what you'd expect and more from a John Wick photocopy - a thrilling action movie with great fight sequences which doesn't take itself too seriously. Bob Odenkirk plays an assassin-turned-family man which isn't exactly his kind of role but he absolutely nails it - totally badass and believable. The editing is a highlight, and Hardcore Henry director Ilya Naishuller's storytelling is slick and focused. The characters are also well developed considering the ninety minute runtime. Nobody achieves exactly what it set out to and is guaranteed to keep you entertained throughout.

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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire

    ★★★★

    MOVIES I MISSED (THE 21st CENTURY) - FILM #3

    The main reasons why Slumdog Millionaire is so good is the amazing (and true) story and the people who are telling it in such an interesting way. The way the screenplay uses flashbacks isn't exactly rocket science - we jump back in time to see how Jamal (played by Dev Patel) learned all of the answers in his game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire - but it's written very…

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★★½

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    Love and Monsters is a fun adventure movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and combines romantic comedy with science fiction in a way that feels genuinely natural unlike some other films that have attempted it. It has all of the ingredients for a typical, crap, low-budget studio movie - a primarily young cast, a post-apocalyptic setting and a general Y.A. feel (though it is an original story) - but instead, it's well-written, super charming and completely works…