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  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★★

    It's amazing how much my tastes have changed. If you were to ask me to watch this just a few years ago, I would have already written it off before even giving it a chance. You see, I used to believe that these period dramas/romances were all the same; slow, boring and predictable stories about two privileged individuals who inevitably fall in love. I would have much rather watched Iron Man beat the bad guy for the 50th time, not…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    This might just be a perfect film. Dazzlingly shot and acted. Every frame is so meticulously pieced together that each one resembles a painting. The minimal dialogue and the use of silence puts the focus on the character's expressions and gazes. This makes it all the more powerful when music is used, creating some truly captivating scenes. The slow development of the characters and story builds up to an achingly beautiful climax that you know is coming, but can't help…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Blade Runner 2049 has reinvigorated my love for movies (and Denis Villeneuve). For 2 hours 44 minutes, I was in another world, completely unaware of my surroundings and worries. Visually, acoustically and emotionally at the mercy of the director. Comforted, despite the sombre tone, by the sensual splendour.

    This is no ordinary blockbuster. Passion oozes out of its every aperture - it's more concerned with being faithful to the original than accessible to the audience. Upon rewatching, I've come to…

  • La Pointe-Courte

    La Pointe-Courte

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this is a debut film, the attention to detail and composition of each shot is astounding. Varda captures the essence of life in a remote fishing village seemingly effortlessly. Every image worked together as a whole, blending to form a fully realised snapshot of the time while maintaining the fictitious veil.

    I've never felt so patient and calm while watching a movie, perfectly happy to sit back and watch for hours more. The lulls of…

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  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★★

    Slaves to their roots, the trio at the heart of La Haine cannot escape their background. They are societal prisoners, longing to break free from the systematic shackles that envelope them. Intelligent but without qualification, hard-working but without opportunity, the time has come for their presence to be acknowledged. You can only suppress people for so long, after a while their voices become louder and louder until suddenly, it's deafening. Imagine if all that pent-up anger and frustration was released…

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★½

    It has been a long time coming but I've finally watched the iconic, testosterone-fuelled film that is Fight Club. While undoubtedly a good movie and understandably hailed as a masterpiece by many, it never quite clicked for me.

    There's always something that keeps me from fully loving a David Fincher film. His meticulous style is great for setting the tone and perfecting a scene, however as a whole it often results in an artificial feeling that plagues the overall experience.…