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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I watched Mulholland Drive at the cinema when it was first released. The conditions were somewhat ideal. I was there by myself, it was daytime and there was hardly anyone else in the screening. I was either 18 or 19 years old by then and the days of limitations of what I could legally watch at the cinema were behind me.

    I was well prepared for the film, having pretty much caught up with the entirety of David Lynch's feature…

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★½

    Delroy Lindo is better than the film deserves. Weak.

  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side

    ½

    Comes off like one of those films about an average (read: white) American family taking in an unusual but extraordinary animal as a pet. Even has that "oh-no-look-what's-he's-gone-and-done-but-wait-it-doesn't-matter-because-he's-part-of-the-family-now" scene.

    Shall we be generous and call this kind of Harry and the Hendersons shit unconscious bias?

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★½

    If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.

    They are as follows:

    - Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
    I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★

    Much like Blade Runner 2049 I didn't like the intellectual weight heaped upon this re-imagining of a genre favourite. Whilst both are tasteful and accomplished their own way, there is something distant and analytical about how the films are presented. It's as though the originals were put in a blender along with all the film/media studies essays that have been written about them in the intervening years.