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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    Director's Cut

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    So many scenes in this film! And they’re all good!

  • Miracle in Milan

    Miracle in Milan

    Marxism, but make it fun!

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    You can't satirise Nazism whilst making every single Nazi character a 'good and conflicted' one: it turns a widespread, genocidal ideology into a question of personal morality, minimising the atrocity. Toothless and not particularly funny.

  • The Nun

    The Nun

    The impossibility of being.

  • Glen or Glenda

    Glen or Glenda

    Confused empathy.

  • Bad Boys

    Bad Boys

    There are echoes of a bigger, more brazen Bay film sprinkled throughout certain set-pieces here (the editing is particularly inspired), but it's difficult watching such a maximalist filmmaker working in a less obnoxious register. Strip the excess away and you're left with very little. Also Will Smith: unbelievably hot!

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    A film which understands that watching Tom Cruise try to act like a human being is endlessly entertaining. Very funny. Very dry. Perhaps Kubrick's most interesting film on a textural level.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    Gerwig feels affection for her characters, this much is clear. Though I would argue that in most cases this is a good thing, Gerwig's affections seem to override any need for dramaturgy here. Much of the film feels relatively flaccid in this way, most scenes beginning and ending without any kind of tonal modulation, the entire dramatic end-point of these moments reading as vague and maudlin. Not to say that one can't build a film without drama, but I don't see how Gerwig's scene construction manages to convey anything more than an entirely surface-level sense of adoration. Dern and Streep are also really bad!

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Distant Voices, Still Lives

    At least 5 or 6 perfect shots in this. Kind of a revelation for me.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    All gangsters die.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    Final Cut