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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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  • Da Hip Hop Witch

    Da Hip Hop Witch

    ½

    Handily the best thing Vanilla Ice has ever been involved in, and he’s in it for all of five minutes.

  • Déjà Vu

    Déjà Vu

    ★★★★½

    The lovechild of Blow Out and Collateral, infused with a delightful high concept that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is everything Tenet thinks it is but could never be.

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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.