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  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★½

    Nobody had me laughing quite a few times. Whether I was laughing with it or at it is hard to say; but it really depends on the intentions behind this film. There's a light touch to this film and some moments with genuine comedic intent, but it was in some of the more serious moments that I let out a laugh - that is, if those moments are meant to be serious. Nobody feels like a beat 'em up action…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    When I first watched Uncut Gems last year I found it to be obnoxious and irritating. Having rewatched it this evening, it is clear that I must have been severely mentally impaired on that day. Uncut Gems is relentless, engaging, genuinely enjoyable and perhaps even brilliant - and proves exactly why the Safdie brothers are two of the most interesting filmmakers working today.

    The story plods along at a quick-fire pace, propelled by Adam Sandler's terrific lead performance as a…

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  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    On the Beach at Night Alone

    ★★★½

    Fresh off having rewatched director Hong Sang-soo's previous effort Right Now, Wrong Then, I decided to revisit On the Beach at Night Alone. On the Beach at Night alone is ostensibly a character study about an actress, Young-hee (Kim Min-hee), who is reeling from the dissolution of an affair between herself and an older, married director. In the first act she wonders listlessly around Hamburg, Germany, trying to escape her past but never quite able to clear her mind. The…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    The first time I watched Ari Aster's feature length directorial debut Hereditary, I can't say that I really ... enjoyed it. I could appreciate Aster's filmmaking talent, the performance of the cast and the overall effect of this film, but it was this effect which ultimately repelled me. I found it to be disturbing and grim in a way that actually kind of shook me, and really got under my skin. In hindsight, this is me being a little on…

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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    I have watched Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden on three separate occasions. Each time I have enjoyed it just that bit more & each time I have uncovered layers both within the story and in terms of the filmmaking techniques employed. The Handmaiden is an immaculately crafted film, and a testament to Park's style and vision as a filmmaker.

    Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, The Handmaiden tells the story of a grifter posing as a Count (Ha Jung-woo) who seeks to marry an…