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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Darth Vader's complexity has only just clicked.

    - though he is of course still and always will be a twisted narcissist, who has created a leadership for himself yet still doesn't respect the conformity of those that blindly obey him, leading to him shamelessly look down upon, and literally (mass) murder, his own followers. Doesn't take long to realise he's the one here that messed up his journey. Obi-Wan and Yoda speaking nothing but facts when they say Vader decided…

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    Seeing this on the big screen was amazing. Love this film, and it has so much more social commentary than I remembered. Nothing but likeable, and Doc Brown is the ultimate 'driven artist' movie character - when that cable got caught on that fallen tree, my heart sank! Relate so much to him now which, two years ago, is something I thought I'd never say. Stirring stuff, and brilliant comedy too.

  • Onward

    Onward

    Crazy how Pixar films are always the most relatable.
    The most weirdly specific parallel to my life - my relationship with my older brother - from a movie since...well I can't remember! The moment where he starts to tick off his list because of that big beautiful realisation (if you seen it then you know) had me moved to tears of joy, and that was because of how bullseye its matchings to my own brotherly relationship were. The aspects that…

  • Searching

    Searching

    In the top 10 most terrifying movies of the 2010s. Easily.

  • Proxima

    Proxima

    Total composure.

    My first time back in cinemas was a beautiful return. Really great down-to-earth film from Alice Winocour, with absolutely committed performances all round - in particular, Eva Green, whose lead performance will blow your socks off.
    Not to be missed; probably a better 'slow real space film' than First Man - with the two almost feeling like gender opposites, with Chazelle's picture feeling rather masculine and depressed while Wiconour's feature powerfully lets everyone know what a mother has…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★★

    Keep sucking on them red, white and blue popsicles and you'll surrender yourself to hedonism.

    Fuck film comparision but based on the sexual misdirected marketing, the cult status, the uproar and the overt social commentary, Harmony Korine really did make the Eyes Wide Shut of the 2010s.
    A complete package of true perfection, a masterpiece of materialism and peak neon aesthetic that inspired many copycats. ❤️

    Although it's kinda messy and full-on, my previous extensive spoiler review of the movie…

  • The Little Girl Who Conquered Time

    The Little Girl Who Conquered Time

    "But I'm running out of time! Why does time pass by?"

    Captures the beautifully naïve panic of growing up. Nobuhiko Ōbayashi was so damn pure, and has left a grand artistic legacy behind him - his films are truly unlike anybody else's. They reflect the beautiful fragments of everyday life but in such a wild and eccentric way. This one in particular blew me away; just as emotionally impactful as ハウス for me. Such a jaw-dropping finale.

  • River of Grass

    River of Grass

    "I can feel the butterflies in my stomach as I tumble deeper into a life of crime."

    Very indie. River of Grass - a title that references a major character in the film: Florida (the sense of place capturing is probably the best thing about this picture) - wants to subvert expectations, perhaps a little too much.

    It's Kelly Reichardt's rebellious reply to Arthur Penn's 1967 masterpiece, and it captures how two incompetent people want to be Bonnie and Clyde…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    "Even you serve a purpose... with your ugly artichoke head."

    My second Fellini, and I'm now realising he was one of the most influential directors of drama in cinema... ever.
    Giulietta Masina gives a memorable performance in one of the two leading roles here, where facial expressions and body movements are really used to their fullest - one of the most noteworthy character embodiments I've seen recently. Anthony Quinn acts opposite her remarkably convincing innocence with a masculine, abusive and…

  • An Inn in Tokyo

    An Inn in Tokyo

    Nothing matches the warm feeling of sitting across from an Ozu silent film - at least not for me at this point in my life. They are important to me right now and even though this is technically the first film of his I've given a heart (though maybe that will change when I rewatch a couple, The Only Son especially) all his movies have the perfect feeling of emotional warmth and seem to be best experienced after a long…

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    A fantastic examination of how young men's little bubbles can spawn narcissism and perpetrate harm to those around them.

    In my view, this was surprisingly a very cold film; the belittlement of these five unemployed men grows more and more overt the closer the audience climbs to the conclusion - the 'leader' of these confused ravers in particular, Fausto, is absolutely a straight-up arsehole which Franco Fabrizi gives us through a brilliant performance.
    Even lines that prop up here and…

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    Damn, loved this one. Shame it didn't become the 90's cinematic anthem it was ought to be, but how everything about this now resonates with the generational culture of TODAY makes this a must watch for all of you reading this - it holds strong importance.

    It ends on director Leslie Harris quoting herself: "a film hollywood dared not do". That is real talk (something this picture is certainly in no shortage of), and the fake and discriminatory nature of commercialism such as Hollywood is not over now, in 2020.
    I hope the 2020's really do bring the liberation that I persistently foresee. 🙏