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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    It doesn’t really take a genius to identify two defining aspects of Noah Baumbach’s filmmaking career. He has been consistently drawing from autobiographical experiences, the most prominent, direct and discussed ad nauseam example of which would be his parents’ divorce in The Squid And The Whale. Though, it has to be noted that within the landscape of these inspirations he has repeatedly revisited the theme of a family (or a relationship) in crisis in Margot At The Wedding, While We’re…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★★

    Besides the film’s obvious overall quality, there are at least three major reasons why anyone trying to understand and contextualize Quentin Tarantino’s work should take a good look at True Romance.

    First of all, one has to consider how much of a milestone in Tarantino’s career this film was. Even though it was released in 1993, a year after his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, it was his first ever script and at the same time the most autobiographical of all…

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  • Coming to America

    Coming to America

    ★★★★½

    Movies like that are just no longer being made. There was a time when comedy had a bite and audacity to it and all we have now is a memory of that era. Because I don't think anyone would be able to execute the 'royal penis is clean' scene without causing a massive uproar on Twitter and having the film cancelled.

    Perhaps I should get a Blu Ray of this in case someone decides to erase this film from streaming services... These days you never know.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

    Granted, this film doesn’t really hold the candle to Moana, Frozen and Frozen II, but it is successful enough in engaging the young viewer with its familiar and easy-to-follow narrative structure, action-packed story and fun-enough characters to be seen as an out-and-out success.

    Read my full review over at Flasz On Film.

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  • The Road

    The Road

    ★★★★★

    Every single idiot hoping for a zombie apocalypse 'because it will be so cool' should be assigned to have a sit-down with "The road". Brutal, gritty, dull and depressingly sad, this film is probably the closest to what would actually happen in the event of shit hitting the proverbial fan. (Edit: though it has nothing to do with zombies, but a planet dying in a mysterious but straightforward fashion). It's never an easy watch and it does kick you in the stomach more than once, but it is simply a masterpiece.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Disclaimer: I think I should start by apologising in advance in case I lose decorum at some point and devolve into spouting profanity.

    When I first watched James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy, I liked it a lot and thought of it as Star Wars for the modern adolescents. It was nothing like other comic book adaptations and was quite self-contained and it wasn't bogging itself down with tying the film to other entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It…