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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★½

    First thing I did after watching Far From Home was check to see whether John Watts was indeed the same director responsible for Homecoming. To be honest, I knew this going in, but I had to double-check, as there is a substantial gulf in quality in the set-up and execution of crucial beats between the two films.

    The unveiling of the villainous plot in Far From Home is a prime example of this. Homecoming had probably the best executed revelation…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★½

    I can certainly appreciate the divisive reaction to this film. I thoroughly enjoyed just about every second of Under the Silver Lake, but still felt a little uncertain immediately after. Much like with Haneke’s Cache, I found myself struggling with the purposefully obtuse and evasive nature of some of the solutions, or lack thereof, provided by the film for the problems posed. I can completely appreciate the intention of both David Robert Mitchell and Haneke, but am unsure how I…

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  • Blind Chance

    Blind Chance

    ★★★½

    My first watch of the works from acclaimed Polish film-maker Krzysztof Kieślowski, Blind Chance took a good 45 minutes for me to really get into it, around about the same time the central conceit of the film becomes obvious. The film’s structure salvaged what I feared was turning into a po-faced, uneventful depiction of a man navigating Communist Poland’s political landscape. Whilst the diverging iterations on Witek’s fate make for a more entertaining film overall, I will concede that it…

  • Without Warning

    Without Warning

    ★★

    Worth it for the scenery chewing Jack Palance and a bonkers PSTD-plagued Martin Landau performance alone, Without Warning also comes with a suitably eerie score from Dan Wyman and cinematography from the prolific Dean Cundey. Unfortunately much of the content constitutes filler rather than killer. The slim, puss-laden make-up effects provide a decent gross-out factor when employed, but these moments are relatively few and far between, padded out by stretches of tedium populated by dicey performances from the lesser-knowns in the cast.

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

    If Infinity War was, as @kernetcetera so eloquently described, ‘television’, then Endgame is the TV finale, the send-off show, the goodbye episode that wraps it all up with a nice little bow and gives the fans an opportunity to pay their respects to characters that had been a part of their lives for so many seasons. On that note, it’s certainly not the type of film that was made for someone like me, and I was a fool for thinking…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    Murder as art. Art as murder. Engineering. Architecture. Heaven and hell. The tiger. The lamb. The dark light. The noble rot. 
    There will be lots of words about this to come.