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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


    Quentin Tarantino's new work, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is a frequently funny film, though one charged with moments of great sadness. It's a film that seems at first to be preoccupied with a feeling of finality; its disparate strands of plot and the collisions between real-life and fantasy always arriving at the end of things; the end of the Hollywood studio system, the state of innocence, the American "West", a life, the friendship that exists between men, etc.…

  • Frankenstein



    Some attempts to place the story in modern-setting strike a false note & strain credibility. Nonetheless, this is an oddly engaging adaptation of Shelley's text, which weaves the familiar themes of motherhood, abandonment & doctors playing God, but adds additional commentary on the plight of those marginalised from mainstream society. One image is so haunting(& redolent of Tarkovsky) that it remains etched in memory.

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  • Midsommar



    For all its aesthetic perfection, Midsommar never rises above the level of a dumb slasher film. At its centre, it mines cheap laughs & discomfort from sneering at cultures & customs it perceives as different & using that as a basis for schlock horror. There's an obligatory throughline about grief & transcendence, but this is made silly by the attempts to shock. It's a visually beautiful film that is ugly in all other aspects.

  • Her


    Take the vivid multicultural future space of Winterbottom's Code 46 and strip it of all life, vitality, complexity and social commentary. Now imagine that same but neutered world re-populated by a generation of socially maladjusted men-children who shuffle about in hideous clothes, who listen to drippy acoustic ballads about cats and spiders, and who endlessly reminisce about a failed marriage that seemed to have about as much emotional heft as a schoolboy's first attempt at courtship.

    Everything about the film…