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  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Blow Out
  • Lola

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  • The King's Man

    ★★½

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

  • CODA

    ★★★

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    “We are not leading the lives we are meant for. We are meant for something else.” 

    Seeing Knight Of Cups in January 2016 was perhaps the worst cinema experience I’ve ever had. The screening was full of couples who loudly debated whether or not they should leave and strangers who called across the room to each other to discuss how “pretentious” it was, offering no courtesy to fellow filmgoers and no justification for their misplaced judgment. The word “pretentious” is rarely used…

  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Moved To No. 2 In “2018 RANKED” :) 

    Lisa: “I know you’re going through a lot, so I decided to be generous today.” 
    Arturo: “You are everyday.” 
    Lisa: “What’s that?” 
    Arturo: “You’re generous everyday.” 
    Lisa: “Oh, well. Thank you Arturo.” 

    Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls is an incredible movie, warmly comforting without shying away from the aching melancholy of its subject matter, and one of my all time favourite films. Following a day in the life of the workers at…

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  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    An anti-war movie in which the narrative goal is to make America go to war. Also a film that champions non-violence and makes a heroic moment of its pacifist protagonist killing en-masse in the finale. A Matthew Vaughn movie being ‘anti-violence’ is about as likely as a Quentin Tarantino movie being anti-feet, but like Tarantino, Vaughn does have a knack for making his fetish look cool. They’ve also now both used Hitler. Adolf Hitler turns up in a mid-credits sequel stinger. Hitler. 

    If one…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★

    This being divided into individually titled chapters (and a prologue and epilogue!!) may just be ‘quirky film’ antics, but it does help me more clearly compartmentalise the stretches that do and don’t work for me. ‘Cheating’, in which two strangers continually define and gently tiptoe the line into adultery, is steamy, spiky stuff, relaxed and ravishing. ‘Oral Sex In The Age Of #MeToo’ is an obvious gesture at edgy relevance that raises a genuine question but can’t commit to answering…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★

    MCU RANKED - The Road To Endgame :) 
    ADDED TO 2019 RANKED :) 

    Avengers: Endgame is not great cinema. Many fans will no doubt insist that it is, lauding it as some kind of perfect masterpiece or the peak of its genre in the days and months and years to come, confusing their high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction with high levels of quality craft. Enjoyment and satisfaction are extremely valuable things, however, and a movie doesn’t need to be…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Full of flaws that will be exaggerated and features that will be ignored, but in my currently overwhelmed and sleepy state, the former take precedence. Like the last Star Wars trilogy-capper, Revenge Of The Sith, J.J. Abrams’ The Rise Of Skywalker is wildly rushed and wildly overstuffed, but not because the previous films didn’t do enough for the story. Rather, it’s because this one does too much, needlessly bogging itself in an interminable mess of macguffins and mini-quests that largely ignores the…