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  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★★★★½

    “Who cares if we don't see the sun shine ever again? I want you more than any blue sky. The weather can go crazy.”

    It’s been a year full of rain for many, and myself personally too. Remember though, even if it never stops raining, we’ll have each other. We’ll be alright.

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    Part of the Godzilla Ranking Project.

    Over 50 years later and still holds up like a sonofabitch. Terrifying, awe inspiring, gut wrenching, haunting. I mean, holy shit, the mother holding her three kids as Godzilla closes in close by telling not to worry, they'll be with their dad soon. The palpable fear. The terror of Godzilla AND the atom bomb. The evacuation scenes.

    Jesus.

    That theme music.

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  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    “This isn’t about honour and money. It’s about the family of a great man.” 

    King Hu, master cinematic chef, prepares a delicious meal and the joy is in the preparation (punctuated by tasty entrees like catching and throwing arrows). Delicious intrigue and tension is savoured morsel by morsel, frame by perfect frame, as the situation inside Dragon Inn rises to boil. The final meal, when finished and served, is a delight for the all senses.

    Oh yeah, Hsiao rules. And boy does this movie look cool as hell.

  • White Squall

    White Squall

    ★★

    “You can't run from the wind. You trim your sails, face the music, and keep going.”

    A Very Boomer and Very White coming of age story (it is literally about white teen boys in the 60s). Amply and breezy directed by Scott but zero interrogation of coming of age rituals or the kind of men these boys are being funnelled towards being. Bridges is typically good. Basically the kind of movie that you can imagine a 90s English relief teacher…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★

    Rise of Skywalker is a tough one to review. It's not as tight or as perfectly crafted (both on a technical and thematic level) as The Last Jedi, nor does it has the sheer exuberance and energy of The Force Awakens. It is however, better than the latter because it does go some what different to its OT equivalent, and I believe less engaged in retreading old ground that that entry, despite what some may think. Yes J.J. Abrams has…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    South Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho has left his usual scifi haunts for something more regular - though his usual thematic preoccupations of class and inequality are stronger than ever. Parasite uses the tonal mastery Bong has quietly developed and finds it unleashed at full force with a film that is wildly funny, tense, dark, poignant, moving, thought provoking, and enraging - all coherently so, more's the astonishment.

    It's hard to get into what makes the film so great without giving…