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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    I remember rewatching these on dvd back when they came out and thinking how I’d love to live in a Hobbit hole in The Shire.  

    Now, rewatching Fellowship of the Ring in 4K, it felt like I do.

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★½

    Isolation, loneliness, the constructs for self destruction in Clare Denis’ Beau Travail, where the images, seldom without metaphorical merit, speak louder than the actions of the film’s characters. 

    Denis plays with sensory techniques to allow the viewer closer to the emotional chaos that reigns within Galoup (Denis Lavant), a French Foreign Legion officer whom is experiencing a discourse as he looks back at his life. 

    Beau Travail is nothing short of exemplary in every aspect. A character study that brings to focus what it means to be a foreigner, a motif  that Denis returns to throughout her career.

    A real work of art.

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  • Sanshiro Sugata

    Sanshiro Sugata

    ★★★

    Akira Kurosawa Season Film 01

    Akira Kurosawa’s debut film is an admirable effort. Whilst he’d proclaimed that it wasn’t until Drunken Angel in 1948 that he was able to fully express himself as a filmmaker, Sanshiro Sugata shows Kurosawa fleshing out the techniques, exploring themes that we would see fully realised in his more prominent future works. 

    Sanshiro Sugata is a story about the creation of the martial art of judo in the 1880s that quickly replaced jujutsu. Akira-san, not…

  • Michael Jordan, Above and Beyond

    Michael Jordan, Above and Beyond

    ★★★★

    Michael Jordan the GOAT

    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    No review needed. 

    If you haven't seen Jaws, you're dead to me.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    We fear what we don't understand, and the more we don't understand, the less we ask questions.

    Alex Garland's directorial debut has the above statement running through it's veins. Caleb, a bright and prodigious young computer software coder, wins a competition to spend a week in the company of Nathan, the CEO of large technological corporation - who's idiosyncrasies aren't too far removed from those of Tony Stark's - who has been playing deus ex machina in his spare time:…