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  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    ★★★½

    This is another in Schrader's Pickpocket influenced films that takes the form of a young isolated man, an outsider contemplating their life through a written diary that ends with an eruption of violence.
    This character first took form as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver and appeared again in Schrader's excellent First Reformed (for my money the best film of 2019).
    And again he appears in Light Sleeper, the story of a mid level drug dealer in Manhattan in the early…

  • Catch-22

    Catch-22

    ★★★½

    There's a real dearth of quality in TV at the moment, Killing Eve season 2 was a real letdown and Netflix seems to have plateaued into middle of the road programming (looking at you Russian Dolls no not you I Think You Should Leave), thankfully this and Chernobyl have come along to show that quality writing and big productions can go hand in hand.

    This has refreshing tone that embraces the absurdity and satire of the source material while still…

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★½

    Unlike any other film I've seen in 2017. The violence is truely horrific but is earnt by the slow build of the first half of the film and becomes more and more compelling. There's an odd dream/nightmarish like tone that's rare to see in a genre film like this, but ultimately the film knows exactly what it is and nails the specific tone that makes it a little masterpiece. It's a crime there's not more Udo Kier in the world too.

  • The Grey

    The Grey

    ★★★

    A pretty decent action film that over plays it's hand making Liam Neeson's character suicidal with a heavy backstory. It works far better as a dumb survival story that looks at bravery in the face of certain death.