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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical…

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  • Salad Fingers

    Salad Fingers

    ★★★★★

    Interested in being creeped out? Live in the North of England? Come watch the entirety of Salad Fingers on the big screen followed by a Q&A with creator David Firth. This screening is run by the Young Programmers Group I am a part of. Tickets are £3, screening is in Leeds on the 18th of July. More details on Facebook and here.

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★★

    The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie were hilarious gems, then The Lego Ninjago Movie was just solid fun. The descent continues with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, a film that passes the time well enough but is the worst of the bunch. There's just less funny jokes in total, as things are starting to get a little tired. There's only so many meta jokes that can be made which haven't already appeared in some form in…

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  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★

    A complete damp squib, Dark Phoenix feels like a cheap TV series finale for a cancelled show, not the culmination of a twenty year film franchise. It is probably the second worst X-Men film (because *shudders* Origins: Wolverine still exists) and somehow can't even match The Last Stand in terms of quality. It may be a more faithful adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga but it's much more dull and doesn't have interesting embellishments to help it past its worst…

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★½

    I'm a huge history nut, with particular interest in modern and political history. So I'm quite knowledgeable on Winston Churchill (or at least, I've read a full biography on him) and have a few thoughts on him. My close friends who I've discussed history and/or politics with (usually drunkenly) have experienced what I'm going to dub "the Churchill conversation" which is where I basically argue that Winston Churchill is the most overrated person in history. To put my argument succinctly:…