Oscar Sparkes

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A student in creative writing with a burning passion for cinema and the 3 B's (Books, Banter and the Boys)

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  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

    Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one’s senses? Why does He hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in t(e faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but cannot? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can’t I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way despite my wanting to evict Him from…

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★★

    “A great day this has turned out to be. I’m suicidal, me mate tries to kill me, me gun gets nicked and we’re still in fookin’ Bruges.”

    This is quite possibly the quintessential black-comedy of the 21st century. Martin McDonagh’s feature-length directorial debut has arguably made the strongest impression as far as directors go. In Bruges is memorable for its minimalist use of scenery and characters, although it goes without saying it continues to make one hell of an impact…

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  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★★★

    "The strongest person is the person who isn't scared to be alone."

    The Queen's Gambit is an enthralling series in every sense. It’s performances are captivating, its story is compelling and the viewing experience certainly does not suffer for those who haven’t a clue at understanding chess like I do.

    For me this was one of the best (if not perfect) miniseries I’ve binged in a while, and there was not a single moment where I wanted to stop.

    Elizabeth…

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★★½

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

    “Mrs Robinson you’re trying to seduce me...
    aren’t you?”

    Predating the modern Bildungsroman masterpiece Lady Bird by 50 years, The Graduate (in spite of this) remains a timeless film that reflects the coming-of-age experience by expressing the journey, fears and rejections of adulthood.

    The film centres on Benjamin Braddock, a fresh graduate who returns home into the open arms of his parents and family friends, all who await his future to be promising. For Benjamin, his future is obscured by…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    "You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity."

    For a film with such an enticing—dare I say seducing—mixture of charm, quirkiness and eloquence, I’m surprised it has taken me this long to stumble upon Wes Anderson’s brilliant masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
    Anderson’s well-crafted, playful and captivating tale bursts with his patented style, an ensemble cast to behold and a warmth that graces you like a hug from…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    "The family is truly desperate. And when people get desperate, the knives come out."

    Rian Johnson's mystery-comedy proves to be a refreshing revitalization of the criminally-underated 'whodunit' genre. With a wide array of meticulous characters, carefully constructed narrative, effective red herrings and a comical use of the 'Checkov's gun' trope in the final act, Knives Out is a compelling and fun viewing that clinches you with anticipation with every twist and turn.
    The casting of this film is perfect, with…