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  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★

    Chinatown canonised Polanski – warts and all – but it was Rosemary’s Baby that anointed him as the veritable saviour of the kind of pulpy cinematic fare that so distinguished the 60s from any of its imitators. Tarantino could never paint New York like Polanski – and neither could Todd Phillips, try as Joker might. Its streets are tainted by an intangible menace that pervades through every frame. A masterpiece of the macabre.

    A friend of mine noted how it…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    Saw this with my asthmatic friend. She was hyper-ventilating so hard during the climax that I thought she was about to die on me.

    Re-visiting Parasite opened my eyes to an array of subtleties within the films initial third that were otherwise unbeknownst to me. I shall attempt (and alas, fail) to iterate them here. Parasite boasts some of the most economical cinematography and production design this side of the millennium. Bong’s magnum opus is littered with memorable scenes, shots…

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  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★

    Still my go-to film for interior design tips.

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★★

    Sub-ninety-minute run-times are the best kind of run-times.

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  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder

    ★★★★

    One snowed-in evening a year or two ago me and my now ex-girlfriend sat down to watch Lolita. It was disappointing. It felt like it was trying to be something it fundamentally wasn’t.

    Anatomy of a Murder is anything but disappointing. It is everything that Lolita wants to be. It thrives off of its own moral ambiguity. It toys with morality like a plaything. It is a bad girl dressed up in a pinafore. I bet I would’ve popped a…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    I’ll be dead by November tho.