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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don't know why I sat on Under the Silver Lake for so long. Perhaps it was knowing of the mixed reception beforehand. Or, maybe I knew my expectations were high and didn't want them shattered. After all, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is one of my favourite horror movies of all time. I now regret leaving it for so long, Under the Silver Lake is unlike any other film I've seen. An ode to it predecessors whilst being unique…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Watching A Ghost Story for the first time is an experience that I'll never forget, I haven't been able to shake it from my mind since.

    The story follows Affleck, who, after passing away, returns as a white-sheeted ghost to his suburban home where his bereft wife still lives. The ghost being our vessel throughout the film. A Ghost Story explores grief, life, death, time, legacy, meaninglessness and consequence (or lack thereof), tackling several existential questions in doing so. There…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    So I have some pretty mixed feelings about Jordan Peele's successor to Get Out. On the one hand, I love the setup and concept of Us. I can absolutely see what Peele is going for. On the other, Peele never makes the most out of this. The wasted potential makes it all the more frustrating. This is most apparent in the plot twist, I liked the idea and what it does for the story however, its Shyamalan-esque execution is appaling.…

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★½

    Of all the Disney 'live action' remakes so far, this one makes the least sense. Of course from a business perspective, it makes perfect sense. Being one of Disney's most treasured properties, there's a lot of money to be made. Otherwise, 'bringing it to life', as the promotional materials will put it, actually sucks all of the life out of Dumbo. The sort of magic and awe is lost in the translation to live action. There's also something unsettling about…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    Due to exams, I've had to wait far too long to see The Favourite. It was more than worth the wait, and somehow managed to exceed my high expectations. Yorgos Lanthimos' absurdist style and tone somehow slots perfectly into a period drama. The Favourite is a hilarious, innovative film with so much to give.

    These are the greatest characters in a Lanthimos film, and I mean that as the highest compliment. Each character in the central trio is unique with…

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★½

    Gasper Noé's Climax is an intense, visceral experience. One that I hope everyone gets the chance the experience on the big screen.

    The story follows a group of French dancers rehearsing in an empty school building. The opening dance sequence is spectacularly choreographed. 10 minutes all in one take, completely mesmerizing to watch. After this, order collapses as someone spikes the sangria with LSD. This is where Climax hits its stride. Its energy is infectious, it drags you in as…