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  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    ★★★★★

    So the years went by,
    I stayed the same,
    But she began to drift away,
    I was left alone,
    Still I waited for the day,
    When she'd say I will always love you...

    Lonely and forgotten,
    Never thought she'd look my way,
    And she smiled at me and held me,
    Just like she used to do,
    Like she loved me,
    When she loved me...

    Those words alone are enough to entirely enamour the coldest of hearts. Building expansively on its…

  • 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…

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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…