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  • Beau Travail
  • Hellraiser
  • Berserk
  • Walker

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  • Titane

    ★★

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★½

  • Angel Heart

    ★★★★

  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    ★★★★½

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★★

    For all intents and purposes, there are a couple of main routes you can take when it comes to onscreen portrayals of relationships that work the best - or at least resonate with me the most, anyway. You can adhere to strict realism, which might be achieved in a few ways: a densely packed dialogue-driven script or an "objective" fly-on-the-wall approach, both of which can be seriously impressive in their own right and feel just like a mirror of your…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    Had a blast with this one, not really sure of the common consensus but I've heard some say it's so exaggerated it has to be parody, which I think is a misguided interpretation at best and at worst plain wrong. If anything its own cliche horror movie trappings risk dragging it down at points, as well as its overall aesthetic clarity and slickness (if you were truly embracing the bit you wouldn't be this competent about it), but there are…

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  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★★

    Leigh highlights the most depraved aspects of human nature in grimy, unflinching fashion while bringing lifelike characters that others would deem trashy lowlifes to the screen; by treating these people as human beings with their own distinct quirks, attributes and life philosophies, he counteracts the crushing bleakness of an apathetic, drone-like society that feels just as pressing today than ever, bringing an infectious energy that could only be conjured up by someone with a genuinely empathetic view of their fellow…

  • Berserk

    Berserk

    ★★★★½

    Necessary disclaimer: Yes, this is spoiler-free; no, the manga isn’t relevant here. Having been pitched and followed through with as a single season, the ’97 series essentially functions as a ten-hour film with its own narrative, thematic and emotional consistency, and holds substantial weight independent of outside context. Despite having segued into the source material since my initial viewing, I’ll be omitting direct comparisons in order to approach this through the lens of the standalone piece it is, and for…