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  • Memory Box

    ★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★

  • Playground

    ★★

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Reflecting on the news that his epic sci-fi adaptation Dune would premiere simultaneously on HBO Max and in cinemas, director Denis Villeneuve complained that watching the film on your television would be like “driving a speedboat in your bathtub.” Now that I’ve seen the film, I’m inclined to agree. Dune is massive, achieving a sense of scale most blockbusters could only dream of.

    The sheer magnitude of Dune is fitting of Frank Herbert’s 1965 long, dense and immensely popular novel,…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★

    This review is going to come across as pretty down on the movie, so first I should just note that Nomadland isn’t bad – it’s just that I’ve seen almost exclusively raves so far, so it feels silly to spend too much time on the positives. It’s certainly a pretty, well-crafted film; Zhao’s direction is strong, but her editing is what makes this movie run so nicely. And McDormand is always absorbing to watch, even if here her presence is…

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  • Memory Box

    Memory Box

    ★★★½

    A lovely film that creatively adapts fact into fiction via the filmmaker's personal archives of the Lebanese Civil War. It’s too eager to tie up loose ends, when really those were what made the film so interesting - but I can hardly blame the filmmakers for wanting closure.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    Brilliant especially as an adaptation, engaging with the the original story and expanding on it in imaginative ways. I've seen this called 'revisionist' or that it 'deconstructs [chivalry / masculinity / heroism / legends etc]' and while that's obviously true I don't think such easy descriptions give credit to just how enticingly open-ended Lowery leaves it. The film is bursting with moments of awe (none more magical, for me, than the camera obscura scene) but in the end Gawain is…

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  • About Time

    About Time

    Bill Nighy: You see, son, all the men in our family have the ability to time travel.
    Domhnall Gleeson: What? What about the women??
    Bill Nighy: *chuckling softly* oh no son, that would give them narrative agency! Anyway have fun using your powers to get away with being a total arsehole, stalking and manipulating women while you craft yourself a perfect life formed on the basis of exploitation and lies!!

  • Triumph of the Will

    Triumph of the Will

    The Letterboxd reverence for this film terrifies me. This should not be talked of as a 'great' film, and is wholly unworthy to be spoken of as a masterpiece of cinema. Words like 'controversial' and 'problematic' don't cut it. To employ the "we can separate art and artist" argument is to willingly ignore the film's pro-Nazi content. To claim it is a film about how awful the Nazis were is plainly disingenuous. To defend it as 'objective' documentary is wrong,…