Michael's Cinema Paradiso

Michael's Cinema Paradiso

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Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol
  • The Room
  • The Village

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  • Labyrinth

    ★★★

  • Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King

    ★★★

  • A Christmas Carol

    ★★★★½

  • The Loft

    ★★★

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  • Moebius

    Moebius

    ★★★★

    Afterthoughts: Some films just leave you feeling numb; slumped in your chair in a paralysed state of wide-eyed disconcertment. It’s safe to say, Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius is one of them!

    In many respects, Moebius is comparable to Takashi Miike’s straight-to-video shockfest, Visitor Q (2001). Both films follow a deeply dysfunctional family down a dark path of degenerative behaviours and events, and neither of the provocateurs behind them offer their audiences a single breath of fresh air, nor a shred of…

  • The Wrong Man

    The Wrong Man

    ★★★★½

    Afterthoughts: The Wrong Man is an understated and underseen entry in Alfred Hitchcock's vast filmography, but it's always been amongst my favourites.

    Obsessed with the wrongly accused, as shown with countless films exploring the same theme, Hitchcock takes a very different approach here - mostly apparent in the protagonist's character traits which don't seem to resemble any of his other falsely-accused victims.

    Unlike The 39 Steps’ Hannay or North by Northwest’s Roger Thornhill, Manny Balestrero (played beautifully as ever by…

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  • Labyrinth

    Labyrinth

    Afterthoughts: So bad it’s good. The Bowie bulge is real.

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★★★½

    Afterthoughts: A dark and gritty retelling of what I regard as my favourite story.

    I’ve made it a bit of a thing to watch a new adaptation each year and am never disappointed. But this one really, really impressed me!

    With it’s gothic aesthetic and adult tone (cue swearing, philosophical ramblings and even gore), this is the most perfect version for me. There’s a much bigger emphasis on Scrooge’s guilt over his mistreatment of the workforces and business opponents he…

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  • Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    Definitely gamerporn. Cool aesthetic. But too gamerporn-emphatic. Perverts.

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    “And the Academy Award for Best Original Score goes to Daniel Lopatin, Good Time.

    Unfortunately, Daniel Lopatin cannot be here tonight on account of NOT BEING NOMINATED. Boo, you whore!”

    Afterthoughts: A rough and ready, fully loaded attack on the senses - the kind comparable to the likes of Suspiria (and I felt that before the brilliant audio-visual reference to that film).

    The whole thing is genuinely and riotously a good time (oh yes he did).

    These Safdie brothers are limitlessly talented!

    Kind of at a loss for words over how good this is, and how late to the party I am on seeing it.