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  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★½

    A touch of sweetness brings it all together in the end, but it didn’t really feel like it earned it. My favourite moment was the ‘Rise to Valhalla’ sequence. Diet Pixar at best.

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★★

    ”He’d kill us if he got the chance”

    Still every bit a sublime character study and one of best films of the 70’s, or any era really.

  • The Platform

    The Platform

    ★★★★

    ”The Panna Cotta is the message.”

    As others have said, The Platform Is like a vertical Snowpiercer with a slight Cube vibe. A film heavy on intrigue, allegory and gore and well-worth seeing!

  • Marathon Man

    Marathon Man

    ★★★½

    I barely remembered anything about this from my last viewing maybe 15 or so years ago, and I thought I might perhaps be onto a winning rediscovery when noticing high praise around the grounds, but man is this overstuffed!

    A stacked cast, an often thrilling and intriguing screenplay and solid direction from Schlesinger with many fine set-pieces, yet it somehow all feels a tad convoluted and bloated if I’m honest, often losing its way inside its own shady world of…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    Nail-biting filmmaking from Leigh Whannell, with Elizabeth Moss single-handedly carrying it with her supreme acting abilities. A film that delivers on its promise with smarts and style and one specific moment that forced me to audibly gasp!

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  • The Parallax View

    The Parallax View

    ★★★★

    I really dug this under-seen thriller helmed the ever-reliable Alan J. Pakula. Often considered one of his “Paranoia Trilogy” films alongside Klute and All the President’s Men, this has a Hitchcockian vibe with thrilling set-piece after set-piece as cocky reporter Joe Frady (played with all the wit and charisma you’d expect from Warren Beatty) dives headlong into a world of political assassinations, and the mysterious organisation called ‘The Parallax Corporation’ that recruits by way of a Ludivico style test with…

  • In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    ★★★

    I just don’t know what to make of this one. I’ve got solid respect for Vincenzo Natali and I was generally intrigued throughout this extension on his Cube beginnings, but it just seemed like it was a tapestry of horror tropes woven with the finest and insubstantial filament. I had feelings of Triangle at times but was even less satisfied than with that film. I liked it enough I guess, but have big hopes for his upcoming William Gibson project.

  • Paper Moon

    Paper Moon

    ★★★★½

    Another acclaimed classic tackled. I am always a sucker for a con-man flick and I thought this was a simply delightful work from Peter Bogdanovich, more than earning its poignant denouement. The standout feature was László Kovács‘ cinematography sporting many memorable master shots.

  • Silent Running

    Silent Running

    ★★★

    Whilst offering plenty of visual flair and eye candy that is worthy of a sci-fi pioneer such as Douglas Trumbull, a good director he is not. I found this film a rather ponderous affair with a heavy-handed environmental theme, cringeworthy soundtrack and a goofy performance from Bruce Dern. It was engaging enough for a slightly above average rating, but it’s not a film I would come back to any time soon.

  • Soylent Green

    Soylent Green

    ★★★½

    I just finished watching this for the first time, wondering why I had never seen it before. Whilst being a dystopian setting (2022) and not being set in the 70’s, it bears all the hallmarks of a paranoia thriller/government conspiracy plot, effectively reflecting the fears and anxieties of the time it was made. The ending is quite famous (and would likely be meme-worthy today) and now I can finally understand the context of the quote that Charlton Heston’s police officer…

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    ★★★★½

    I was surprised and rather elated at the lack of cheese, contrary to my expectations. A truly classic and prestigious affair with a timeless message that stands today, whilst also reflecting the anxieties of the era it was made. So many iconic moments underscored by the always effective Bernard Herrmann. An iconic classic of cinema.

  • Bad Moms

    Bad Moms

    ★★★

    Hotel room away for work trip, Bad Moms pops up on Free to Air, I submit because Mila Kunis. One day she will win an Oscar and all will be right with the world. My circumcised penis also felt flattered by this film.