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  • Fallen Angels
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Handmaiden
  • First Reformed

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  • Blow Out

    ★★★★★

  • Yuni

    ★★★★

  • Right Now, Wrong Then

    ★★★★

  • The Age of Shadows

    ★★★★

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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    "Now that's a scream!"

    Maddening. Had this hovering between an 8 and a 10 for like the last 30 minutes, but that equally exhilarating and heartbreaking ending secured Blow Out's place in all-timer territory. The kind of film that will almost certainly get better on rewatch. Such a fascinating story, wrapped in a murky political conspiracy, brilliantly headed by John Travolta, who masterfully traverses the range of emotions his character displays — from tear-jerking agony to charming charisma, the realism…

  • Yuni

    Yuni

    ★★★★

    Didn't enjoy it very much, but I can always appreciate the intricate character work and the "show not tell" nature of filmmaking that Kamila Andini employs, encouraging the audience not to simply experience the movie, but to ground it into their own lives as well, into individual experiences of the sexism depicted on-screen. Definitely had to sit with this one for a while — it's usually a very quiet film, which makes its boldness with its harrowing exploration of generational…

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  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece. Rarely before have I seen such a brilliantly put-together piece of art - it is endearing, heartwarming and exceptionally crafted. The soundtrack, the set design, the acting, the casting; this film deserves boundless praise, not only for telling one of the greatest cinematic love stories ever, but for doing so in such a powerful way.

    Joe Wright's direction is marvellous, building tension in a way that never feels overbearing or forced. Kiera Knightly and Matthew MacFayden work so well…

  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    For God's sake, why is this so good?

    Sometimes, I honestly struggle to fathom just how masterful Inception is; from the breathtaking practical effects to the sublime acting and confident, assured direction. There's about a million moments that left me staring at my screen open-mouthed. Every single action sequence manages to have several things going on at once without feeling congested or overwhelming - despite the complex narrative, the audience is still able to follow the events of the film…