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  • Moonlight
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Beau Travail
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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★½

  • Spotlight

    ★★★★

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★½

  • Point Break

    ★★★½

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  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★

    Miss Americana aims to celebrate Taylor for being resolute enough to endure all the sexist bullshit she has. And it does, but not without exhausting us with the very things that made her such a difficult figure to begin with.

    Taylor Swift - as seen in the film - is doubtlessly a charming, funny, charismatic individual. She's smart and a great songwriter - that goes without saying. But, there is a lack of self-awareness that permeates around her, particularly when…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★★

    Captain America is probably the only adult superhero who's explicitly a virgin, right? Whilst his best friend is busy having a threesome at the World's Fair, Cap is awkwardly admitting to his crush he doesn't know how to 'dance'. Not incidentally, Agent Carter saying she'll show him how might be the sexiest line in the whole MCU (which admittedly is quite a low bar). My question is, are Steve's powers derived from, or at least related to, the fact he's…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★½

    Movie almost convinced me LA isn't a stupid place to live.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★

    Not too say it wasn't a flawed industry in 2001 - Spotlight itself agues as much - but it is really depressing to see what has happened to journalism in the twenty years since and then to watch this. Even just in the six years since this came out. The film ends on a pretty bleak note and yet it still makes me mourn for its era. I've done some journalism work previously and I enjoyed myself, but I think…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★

    Lately, I've been having trouble sleeping, but for as long as Dune remains on HBO Max, it seems I have found a solution.

    Somehow a movie with an ensemble as well cast as this one only manages to become exciting in the absence of people. I could watch overhead shots of the spaceships and the deserts and the battles and the sandworms all day. But man, this was a completely tension-free, dramaless experience. Still more interesting in the abstract than…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

    This is a horror movie. Yes, it is beautiful and life-affirming, like many great horror movies before it, but to get to that point you have to endure absolute terror. No movie in recent memory made me more aware of my body and all its shortcomings. I was all-too conscious of how uncomfortably it sat, upright in those needlessly erect cinema seats, fidgeting restlessly as if ants were again crawling around inside me. My fresh lockdown belly wiggling each time…