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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★½

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★½

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    Paul Thomas Anderson's film opens with a hypnotic image: a vast, continuous ocean swirl left in the wake of an unseen battleship; suggesting something eternal, yet elusive. Outsizing and outlasting us.

    A reminder that somewhere down in the deep, unreachable caverns of mankind's collective memory, we became the first creatures capable of questioning our purpose in the natural world. Leading to an abiding universal sense that something is missing. That we are incomplete. The great wave receded and left us…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    Exploring a conflict between sceptical self-image and repressed emotional self, battling the rigid subordination of the modern to the traditional. Beginning in the most literal fashion with our princess as a lost damsel; all the lowborn townsfolk too spellbound by her presence to offer any assistance. As she descends alone into an allegorical labyrinth, in a quest to free her children, she begins to learn the preconditions behind her own perception, and subsequently outwit them.

    While she was one of…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Charlie Chaplin in Limelight, John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick. Era-defining movie stars watching their industry change and their methods fall out of fashion; producing performances of uncommon self-awareness and vulnerability that nonetheless are defined by a veteran's stubborn refusal to submit or conform to the new way of doing things.

    Top Gun: Maverick has no right to succeed. It is holds far too much reverence for events that took place…

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    A new type of film viewing experience has emerged in the last decade; where the process of watching becomes a gamified collection and cultivation of online memes. Leading to a steady erosion of any boundary between the fictitious world of the film and the world we inhabit.

    These are fictions that penetrate into our reality, and speak directly to their own tilted, extra-textual existence online. From the latest Spider-Man, where Willem Dafoe quoted his own "I'm something of a Scientist…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Whether suppressed or actualised, that characteristic sense of longing within queer romance is entirely relatable to the escapism offered in the fantasy worlds of art. In our voyeurism we're encouraged to idealise and fetishise the lives existing behind the faces we encounter. We yearn for self-discovery in their company, hoping for a brief moment to forget the entire process is an illusion.

    It's a tension Céline Sciamma uses to express the heavy ache of desire for companionship and creative expression;…

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    One of the more contemptuous cultural products I can ever recall. Posturing as a huggably soft, saccharine morality tale, while presenting a profoundly reactionary idea; fuming with generational resentment at an alien and ugly contemporary world.

    With Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis both entering their mid-sixties, you do have to empathise with the cold chill anyone their age must experience upon encountering the music kids today are into. Beholding nothing but postmodern rejections of sincerity, pornographic lyrics, and the discordant,…