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Favorite films

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

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  • Menace II Society

    ★★★★

  • Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★½

  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    ★★★½

  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

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  • Deliverance

    Deliverance

    ★★★★★

    “We beat it, didn’t we? Didn’t we beat that?

    Astonishingly crafted and painfully thrilling, John Boorman’s Deliverance is an insanely powerful film that masterfully exceeds in its ability to be so effectively riveting in its story of four men taking a canoe trip in the American wilderness. Masterfully exploring the force of nature against constructed order, the film utilises so many unbelievable severely realistic sequences of danger while building its gorgeous natural landscapes. It’s actor-performed stunts in seemingly reckless scenes of canoeing…

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  • Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

    Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

    “Something’s wrong with Piglet, he killed my wife!”

    I’ve been so hyped for this movie ever since I first heard Winnie the Pooh entered the public domain and assumed this inevitably had to happen, and even knowing full well how bad it was always going to be, it definitely lived up to expectations; so offensively terrible yet so important in marking the beginning of the end of the monopoly on so many copyrighted properties. As for the film itself, it…

  • John Wick: Chapter 4

    John Wick: Chapter 4

    ★★★

    “Second chances are the refuge for men who fail.”

    By the fourth film in, it does feel as though the storyline and character may be starting to get somewhat tired, however, John Wick: Chapter 4 is still an entertaining enough action movie that expectedly shines brightest during its tight, finely crafted fight sequences; making it stand out distinctly among its competitors even despite the bloated, flat plot. The film easily could’ve, and should’ve, been cut down by at least an…

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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…

  • Office Space

    Office Space

    ★★★

    “Friday is Hawaiian shirt day, so, y’know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans”

    Office Space is an immensely iconic satire that holds up surprisingly well despite a lot of its content now feeling kind of dated. It starts to lose traction as it goes on; feeling underdeveloped at points and diverging too far from where it works best, but it’s first half is so funny and enjoyable it pretty much makes up for it. It’s definitely flawed, but hits the right places when it needs to, and it’s easy to see why it’s still a cult favourite among so many people.