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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • Fried Dragon Fish

    ★★★

  • The Snow King

    ★★½

  • Ghost Soup

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

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    Subversion upon subversion, meta commentary upon meta commentary, a film self-reflective to the point that it begins to undermine its own artificiality, yet by questioning its existence, it manages to deconstruct the inevitable superficiality of a product of this size. ‘What made the Matrix different?’ a character quite literally asks at the half hour mark; the responses vary from a metaphor about trans-politics, to a loud dumb piece of action media, all responses are true, yet one more…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

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    BFI London Film Festival 2021

    There is a moment in ‘Memoria,’ in around the last half hour, where everything becomes silent. The croaking of crickets fade into nothingness, the whistling of the wind dies, leaving behind silence, total, all encompassing, relentless silence. This silence lasts for less than half a minute, but may be the most frightening moment in any film this year. Preluding to this moment of quietness, a man recites to Jessica (our lead) a story.…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

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    Less a period piece than a film about recollections, most of which misremembered or fabricated, often both, and even the purest of truths are rose tinted. Different unrelated memories, fictionalised to give them some sort of significance, to make it so that they follow a narrative ark. Similar to the titular licorice, the sweetness here is initially masqueraded by its pretentions of being something greater than it is, always uncommitted to settling on a single, set target, in…

  • Fried Dragon Fish

    Fried Dragon Fish

    ★★★

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    Optimistic Nihilism and Wholesole Melancholia: All About Shunji Iwai . 10

    A classical Hollywood noir transplanted into the realms of 90s television, not merely in aesthetic and style, but also in thematics. The melodrama is carried over, yet the execution of it here could not be more different than of that in the past; both use heightened music to hammer in an emotional connection, yet whereas any elements of romance were simultaneously extremely blatant and elusive in the…

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  • All Too Well: The Short Film

    All Too Well: The Short Film

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    A perfume ad for the A24 crowd. Ever since 'Miss Americana' made her relevant again, Swift has been plaguing the film world with her godawful vanity projects that are disguised as reflections from a down to earth woman, when they really only serve the purpose of exaggerating how distanced she really is from everybody else. I will be honest, I cannot stand Swift as a singer, not that she is bad, but I just find any mainstream folk…

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

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    It is difficult writing about a film like ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ without getting too emotionally involved, not because this is a work that is in any way sensitive of resonant, but because it is exploitative. At around the hour mark, I cried; I cried not as a viewer, but as a victim. I felt insulted, insulted by every frame of this. I am going to try to write something consistent, yet I already know that I am going…