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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    If James Whale knew how to do anything perfectly, it was where to place the camera. Like in his superior The Bride of Frankenstein, slanted shots and off-kilter movements throw us headfirst into The Invisible Man, deliciously black satire and common-folk comedy bringing an all-round hilarious horror (if you could call it that) to the screen. Let down only by some choppy editing and a handful of pantomimed performances, this is easily one of the finest and funniest films to spring…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★

    Hopes were high after experiencing the unparalleled world-building of Fellowship for the first time in years on the big screen a few days back, so maybe I should’ve held out on the off-chance a cinema nearby might be screening the most action-oriented entry to the saga before I delved straight in. Anyhow, my TV spans 50 inches and my 5.1 system is more than capable, so with that, I rallied my expectations and readied for a long anticipated revisit to…

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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    The loveliest film ever made. One of those rare joys I could watch in any mood on any day, Jon Brion’s blissful score perfecting a cosmic dance of palpable hope with Jeremy Blake’s shifting, abstract art. I can’t name a single film that paints autism so realistically, and to my mind Sandler’s performance is one of the greatest to grace any picture.

    I was diagnosed as being on the spectrum at a young age (by a psychologist not a dentist),…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    It's impossible for a movie to look better than this.

    Where the rambling of an avid film student's critique usually starts with an infatuated commentary on the director, it's hard not to admit that the cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 is the dominant player. Roger Deakins is quite clearly an auteur in his own right, creating an extended universe of his own through the vibrancy of his lighting. Taking the steely blue pallet of Prisoners and merging it with the…