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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A tough one to settle on, by design. I am always hesitant to overwhelming praise a film that, for the majority of its running time, participates in rampant and often meandering intellectualising; dialogue that feels like it was presented in first draft form from the neurotic brain of a creative academic. That is not to say that some of these conversations are not fascinating - some are incredibly stimulating and well worth ruminating on. Others, such as the Woman on…

  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    True History of the Kelly Gang

    ★★★★½

    Justin Kurzel is one of Australia's finest working filmmakers. He kick-started Australian cinema's trend of exploring the neurosis of suburban colonists with Snowtown, before maximizing those themes in Macbeth. Assassin's Creed, faulted by it's budget and commercial expectation, is a severely underrated action film that tries to understand the zeitgeist behind it's wanton violence more than most of it's ilk.

    Now we have True History of the Kelly Gang, reportedly the tenth screen version of Ned Kelly's legacy, and easily…

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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★

    The first action sequence is this film rips as hard (if not harder) than anything in this franchise. It's genuinely overwhelming, and I think that rather than neglect the suspense of Alien, it replaces it with real terror; a suitable switch, given that this (cutoff) trilogy now has us know our enemy. I also enjoy the more direct God complex analogies that focuses the ephemeral energy of its predecessor, and I wish we'd been able to see it brought to its resolution in a final film.

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★★

    Very solid and fun rainy day thriller with a sketchy as hell ediy

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Don't you just love when a movie has so many little moments where you're like "oh man, what a great little moment" and then at the end all of the little moments have cohered into one holistic big moment that you feel for ages after the movie? Has this ever happened to you?

    Call me right now please.

  • Cats

    Cats

    Best bit is Sir Ian McKellen lapping up the milk with his human tongue then exclaiming "Meow meow meow meow!" in ecstasy.