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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★

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

    My caveat is that I'm not black and haven't really experienced any struggles/discrimination relating to my sexuality, so maybe that limits my appreciation of the film?

    But to me it feels very clichéd and heavy-handed. A mother struggling with drug addiction, of course (take a guess at what she does to make money), and an absent father. A wise and conveniently nurturing adult male who fulfils the father role (in this case with a bemusingly high degree of personal commitment).…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★½

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

    I love all the small details that breathe life into even minor characters and make them seem so human - one of the refugees bringing Theo a pair of shoes; the gypsy lady going from annoying hindrance to life saving heroine (twice!) despite having no comprehensible dialogue (at least if, like me, you don't speak her language) and with no regards for her own safety; the soldiers crossing themselves upon seeing the baby; Michael Caine pretending to think he won't…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

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

    One of the most frustrating films I've ever seen.

    I can't give it less than four stars, because the first three quarters are SO good - the famous opening, the flat-line scene where HAL kills off all the sleeping crew members, the "pod bay doors" scene, and HALs slow, strange, possibly manipulative "death"...

    But it can't be five stars, because it feels like they didn't know how to end it. It's like the good bit of the film (see above)…

  • Delicatessen

    Delicatessen

    ★★

    Usually I think I can sense what others appreciate about a film even if I don't particularly like it myself; but I'm completely bemused as to why this has so many 4-5 star reviews.

    It is quite inventive, and I think quite well edited in the "musical" scenes. The central romantic relationship is quite sweet, and I liked the rooftop shot at the end with the umbrellas.

    But beyond that I just can't see what's so impressive about it. It's…