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  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Moved To No. 2 In “2018 RANKED” :) 

    Lisa: “I know you’re going through a lot, so I decided to be generous today.” 
    Arturo: “You are everyday.” 
    Lisa: “What’s that?” 
    Arturo: “You’re generous everyday.” 
    Lisa: “Oh, well. Thank you Arturo.” 

    Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls is an incredible movie, warmly comforting without shying away from the aching melancholy of its subject matter, and one of my all time favourite films. Following a day in the life of the workers at…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    MCU RANKED - The Road To Endgame :) 

    In some ways, Black Panther is kind of like the Last Jedi of the MCU. What do I mean by that? Well, both films serve as the most critically acclaimed, thematically hefty and technically distinct entries in their respective franchises, yet both are constantly ridiculed as “overrated” by people with fairly minute criticisms and a major lack of interest in understanding WHY they are ‘rated’ as they are. Let’s get into that,…

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★½

    After years of waiting I finally bought myself a 4K UHD Blu-Ray player today, and what did I watch on it? A DVD. Fortunately, Roman Holiday is too wonderful a movie to be held back by subpar picture quality, with visuals that shine on any format. Wyler’s sleek compositions are consistently full of depth, both to drive home an immersive sense of place (the protagonists are frequently situated amongst the Roman locations and locals) or to generate tension (a staggering…

  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    ★★★

    ADDED TO “2019 RANKED” :) 

    Probably forgettable but consistently enjoyable, effectively capturing the sketch-series’ dry spirit of laziness. The celebrity-crammed ‘Between Two Ferns’ interviews (and their outtakes in the credits) are the obvious highlight, but the ramshackle plot connecting them offers just enough witty one-liners and light formal playfulness (slick match-cuts, well-timed zooms, shadowy lighting for tense encounters, etc.) to satisfy on its own. 6/10 

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★

    MCU RANKED - The Road To Endgame :) 
    ADDED TO 2019 RANKED :) 

    Avengers: Endgame is not great cinema. Many fans will no doubt insist that it is, lauding it as some kind of perfect masterpiece or the peak of its genre in the days and months and years to come, confusing their high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction with high levels of quality craft. Enjoyment and satisfaction are extremely valuable things, however, and a movie doesn’t need to be…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    ADDED TO "2019 RANKED" :) 

    Despite the best efforts of its generic first trailer, Ad Astra is a very surreal movie, so surreal that I spent an hour afterwards wandering through the city feeling half-asleep, as if my conscious self had left my body behind in the theatre. Every time I thought the film had lost me I was yanked back in to its orbit, by a poignant quote, an incredible image, a mystifying musical note. For every clunky line…