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  • Trust
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Tropical Malady

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  • Spencer

    ★★★★

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    ★★★★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★½

  • Tangerine Reef

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  • Like Someone in Love

    Like Someone in Love

    ★★★★½

    kiarostami’s most formally excellent film. one of my favourite things about this is how the vehicle, previously in kiarostami’s work a space that facilitated expression and agency, is here just another source of suffocation and confinement in the context of tokyo’s urban sprawl. 

    with this film, kiarostami rails against the notion of human relationships as defined by transactions; marriage as a means to maximise an individual’s utility, rather than to express a genuine feeling. all of this is accentuated by…

  • La Flor

    La Flor

    ★★★★½

    Undeniably a massive achievement. Though its constituent parts are best appreciated holistically, there are individual sequences here that are among the most moving I’ve seen in years (particularly the “Dreyfuss” and “Mole” chapters of episode III, and the finale of episode IV). A colossal tribute to fiction and a labour of love to the cinematic possibilities of genre, playfully probing conventions and pushing their limits. Not entirely sure that the home stretch sticks the landing after the gargantuan metafictional self-examination…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★½

    Man, this sucks :(

    The biggest disappointment of the year, by some margin; absolutely squanders almost all of its considerable talent, and completely lacks any of the characteristic flair and sharpness of Wright’s usual directorial style, to say nothing of the dogshit script and laughable, parodic characterization. Not only does it fail to make any kind of meaningful or incisive observations about the sexual violence it depicts, it clumsily contorts its own thesis in the disastrous final act, which is less boring than the first half by virtue of simply being even more dizzyingly chaotic and malformed. A thoroughly unpleasant and thunderously miscalculated failure.

  • Nitram

    Nitram

    ★★★½

    Considering the ugly and tragic nature of its subject matter - the events that led to Australia’s worst mass shooting - Kurzel handles a notoriously thorny topic with as much sensitivity as possible, centring his film as a character study of the perpetrator that deftly avoids the rote stereotypes, stock hallmarks, and unnecessary moralizing of lesser films in its ilk (though an end-credits card reveals Kurzel’s one didacticism, a staunch message for gun control, the film itself resists the temptation…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Nolan’s worst movie. An absolutely insufferable, entirely incoherent stream of trite exposition and indolent writing with absolutely no emotional core nor even the most remote understanding of tone or storytelling structure.

    This is a film that rambles from setpiece to setpiece at barely decipherable speed, every so often winking indulgently at the viewer as if to say “if you’re not following this, the joke’s on you”, only to then trip over itself to explain ad nauseum what Nolan, for all…

  • Steamboat Willie

    Steamboat Willie

    ★★★★

    It was funny until he started spinning the cat around by its tail. Then it was hilarious.