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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Meetings of Anna
  • The Red Shoes
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • Greed

    ★★½

  • Moon Knight

    ★★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

  • Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

    ★★★★

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★★

    [I would love to show this to the lecturer who once tried to argue that haptic cinema doesn’t exist.]

    Titane has been widely described as body horror. This is understandable - the Palme d’Or-winning film directed by Julia Ducournau features graphic sequences aplenty, from bloody nipple-ripping to aggressive car-fucking. Named for the titanium plate in dancer Alexia’s skull following a childhood car accident, Titane begins by following her murderous and sexual exploits – just like Ducournau’s debut feature Raw (2016),…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    After 22 years, Lana Wachowski returns to the Matrix – a simulation programme designed to deceive humans while their bodies are harvested in amniotic vats for energy. In 1999, Lana and her sister, Lilly, created a cinematic masterpiece that has since evolved and mutated into a branch of philosophy unto itself. From right-wing conspiracists to scholars of trans* theory, the Wachowskis’ authorial hold on The Matrix as a concept has largely slipped away.

    A lot has changed for Lana and…

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  • Greed

    Greed

    ★★½

    A mess, but one which makes exceptional use of Satyagraha.

  • Moon Knight

    Moon Knight

    ★★★★½

    Brilliant. There is so much lore and world building in this franchise that something completely standalone is a rare treat. Of course, there’s plenty of lore here - but it’s mostly Egyptian mythology, elegantly introduced to the MCU. The use of CGI brought that world to life with breathtaking effect.

    In many ways the plot resembled The Good Place, and all the comedy that comes with it. Ethan Hawke was a magnificent villain, and Oscar Isaac brought a charm seldom…

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  • Monday

    Monday

    The best thing about this film was that Sebastian Stan had set his iPhone alarm to 'By the Seaside'. Absolute tune.

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    I feel a rating so low for a film so revered must be justified. I am frankly appalled that this was voted as the greatest film ever directed by a woman, although hardly surprised. Sometimes one is forced to 'periodise' a film's prejudices, to look at the broader picture while acknowledging the problematic views at the core. That is not true of The Piano - it is so aggressively, continuously racist in its depiction of Māori people that one fears…