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  • Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist

    ★★½

  • 30 Days of Night

    ★★★★

  • The Crazies

    ★★★

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★

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  • Yesterday Girl

    Yesterday Girl

    ★★★★

    "What separates us from yesterday is not a rift, but a change in position."

    An intriguing film, to say the least and one that I think left me with more questions than answers - not in the bad sense, either, but rather in the thoughtful sense.

    The first question comes with the title. I often ponder why certain decisions are made when translating film titles to English. Yesterday Girl is fine, but Abscheid von Gestern is far better. Literally translated…

  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Not going to lie, I have been thinking about this film all most non-stop since I watched it yesterday.

    Oddly enough, I watched Frozen yesterday and I couldn't help but draw parallels between Elsa and Thelma - two girls who, instead of being taught how to harness, use and control their gifts, they are instead forced to conceal and withdraw from it, causing them to lose control.

    I think it's probably a really great analogy for religious suppression of one's…

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  • Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist

    Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist

    ★★½

    Tbh, it felt pretty exploitative.

    I can't imagine why anyone would ever make up that their fake girlfriend had died...I believe he was catfished and it's horrible the way he was blamed for it.

    It was all a bit ick.

  • 30 Days of Night

    30 Days of Night

    ★★★★

    Perhaps even better than I remember.

    These might be the scariest vampires on film? Although I suppose those I am Legend ones are fucking terrifying too.

    Brutal, scary, a little predictable, but pretty damn enjoyable. Plus, I always love playing the 'spot the new zealander' game when these international productions are filmed here.

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  • Mad World

    Mad World

    ★★★★½

    Let's clear a few things up:

    The budget of this film was US$257,000.

    It was shot in 2 weeks.

    It was the director's debut film.

    It was the screenwriter's debut film.

    With those things in mind, this is what I thought.

    It feels real. It is heart-breaking.

    The central performances are outstanding.

    It tackles important social issues, for Hong Kong. It looks at mental health issues. It looks at the hardships carers, family and friends of mental health sufferers face.

    It is definitely worth a watch. Extremely well done.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

    It took me weeks to build myself up to watch this. I knew that it was going to give me the feels, but I knew it would be amazing, I just couldn't bring myself to watch it.

    I finally did two weekends ago. I've recently been studying slavery and I thought at the end of reading about it for 5 hours, that I would be sufficiently ready for it, that my skin would have gotten a bit thicker to take…