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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    I’m a firm advocate of the cherry on top, and in filmmaking plain icing and sponge just doesn’t cut it. To me, the sweetest cherry of all is that of the last shot; the closing take of imagery, the visual finisher that either does or doesn’t contextualise the film itself. 

    Take Dr. Strangelove, a film surging with political satire much like The Favourite. With an ironically merry montage of the Doomsday Machine’s physical incarnation, its last shot serves as an…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    Most of us have a Bedford Falls, the breezy nostalgia of home. A place of origin which seems so intent on keeping you from your ambitions, however achievable they may seem. For George Bailey and so many others, it’s easy to acknowledge the monotony of an every day aesthetic, and hard to appreciate the intricacies of one. Sometimes it takes an angel to prove that a life of cyclical ‘normality’ isn’t always meaningless. 

    From that first freeze-frame of a young…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    It's impossible for a movie to look better than this.

    Where the rambling of an avid film student's critique usually starts with an infatuated commentary on the director, it's hard not to admit that the cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 is the dominant player. Roger Deakins is quite clearly an auteur in his own right, creating an extended universe of his own through the vibrancy of his lighting. Taking the steely blue pallet of Prisoners and merging it with the…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps mother!'s greatest irony is its reception. Throughout the film we see people, as we were, as we are, as all we'll ever be. 

    We see the unjust sacrificial ceremonies religion can be resorted to. We see murderous interrogations, constellated consumerism and momentous amounts of misogyny. We see fully-fledged war, chaotic destruction, and an irrevocable disregard for tranquility. We see physically epitomised bible parables made flesh for the relativity of the audience. We see venomous rage spewed at an unstoppable…