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  • Inland Empire
  • The Truman Show
  • Blue Velvet
  • Synecdoche, New York

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  • Being the Ricardos

    ★★½

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★½

  • The Fly

    ★★★★½

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    “You can’t penetrate beyond society’s sick, grey fear of the flesh!”

    David Cronenberg’s most iconic body horror nightmare The Fly is a nauseously engrossing story of a man’s slow metamorphosis into a mutant insect; making exceptional use of its concept with fantastically squeamish visual effects and makeup. The gradually worsening mental state of the character is precisely coupled by the ever intensifying grisliness of the transformation; actualised in sickening detail thanks to Chris Walas’ terrific makeup and design that makes it look…

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★½

    “I’ve often thought there should be beauty contests for the insides of bodies.”

    Swapping excessive gore for slowly unfolding internal torment, David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers is a disturbing but highly compelling psychological horror about the confused, mentally strained relationship between a pair of identical twins. Jeremy Irons’ performance as the dual protagonists skilfully realises two distinct characters that both feel fully considered despite their interlacement, matched by the sharp direction that keeps the narrative absorbing as the strange, unnerving connection between the pair develops. Cronenberg’s signature weirdness here lies more in the concepts and tension than in special effects, making for a uniquely creepy but endlessly fascinating film.

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★

    “Can we just call it a potentially significant event?”

    As much as I wholeheartedly support the messages of Adam McKay’s satirical disaster film Don’t Look Up, the director’s signature obnoxious style and lack of subtlety makes it difficult to connect with at times. The narrative is reasonably engaging and is energised by the frantic editing and largely decent comedy, but similarly to Vice and The Big Short, the condescending tone really starts to impede on the overall enjoyment; often making its scenarios…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    “There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path”

    Even with it’s arguably dated aesthetics, The Matrix still manages to feel as groundbreaking and mind-bending as ever; combining an extraordinarily tight screenplay with what remains some of the most accomplished action sequences in movie history. The special effect work is so innovative and looks incredible even by more modern standards, allowing for its exhilarating fight scenes to go above and beyond in their creativity; utilising it’s elaborate ideas in the combat to…