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  • Suzhou River

    Suzhou River

    ★★★★★

    Much like the opening sequence, I found myself drifting through the film as if i was a passenger on the boat. Enveloped by a myriad of emotions and in a constant state of observation at all the transient and ephemeral moments of love, loneliness and tragedy unfolding in front of me, all amidst the backdrop of a far slower societal change. There's hue's of Kar-Wai here, the dream-like quality, except it's a portrait of the grittier side of Shanghai at…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    There's an exquisite quality to everything about this film. Whether it's the extraordinary screenplay, the power of the lead performance, or the incredibly well-written dialogue which straddles the fine line between thought-provoking musings and the ramblings of Toller's lament. These same ramblings only coincide with the events that lead to his downward spiral, in turn baring an uncanny resemblance to those of Travis Bickle and in the same vein painting a portrait of an existence in crisis.

    The concerns of…

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  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★½

    An existence in solitude, wherein lies a tale of love, deceit, family and tragedy. Where every frame exhibits an absorbent quality, exhumes a meditative aura and remains both dream like and ethereal throughout it's runtime. I could exhaust the term 'beautiful' and all it's various synonyms to best describe this picture and even then I'd be doing it a disservice. The score, the narrative and acting are all mesmerising.

    Terrence Malick is one of the finest auteurs whose works I've…

  • Pitfall

    Pitfall

    ★★★½

    My first Teshigahara. I'm glad I started with this. Pitfall is quite unique. It's primarily a surrealist mystery surrounding a conspiracy behind a string of murders by a figure who both acts as an allegory for death and as a symbol for the 'upper class'. It also portrays a harsh look at Japanese industry in a film that's wrought with anti-capitalist undertones signifying the plight of the worker. There's also crime, horror and the dread of existentialism all amplified through magnificent sound design and a well-written plot that's rich with thematic complexity. 

    Absolutely brilliant viewing.

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  • Road House

    Road House

    ★★★

    Road house is a film of two halves for me. One which initially balances the fine line between a fun 80's cheese-fest and pure unadulterated cringe, right up until the second half, where it uncontrollably derails into the latter. I mean the first fifteen minutes are incredible. There's a lot about this film that's objectively brilliant. The screenplay is great, some of the dialogue at the start is super memorable and the soundtrack is a blast. It was seemingly starting…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Masterful in every sense of the word. The entire film was a god-damn symphony. Whether it's the meticulously crafted scenes of horror, the pulsating thrills that are as excruciating and as brilliant as you'd expect with Korean cinema to the well-written social critiques and attitudes that Bong Joon-Ho so subtly pushes to the forefront of the film, you really can't knock it.

    Parasite is smart, both on a film-making level and also within the confines of it's elaborate subtext. The…