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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

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    Well here it is, my 2,000th all-time film and it was so gorgeous I can't quite believe it. The most wonderful opening sequence I've seen in a long, long time; a goodhearted game of table tennis frozen in tableau; a sudden rush of wind into the study (did it remind Peter of falling?); a single tear; "Yes, June, I'm bailing out. I'm bailing out but there's a catch: I've got no parachute." Isn't that just it? Oh I've met a…

  • Vigil

    Vigil

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    "God doesn't care, does he?"
    "does the sky care? do the hills care?"

    we live in the space between Toss' ears -- the sound of her breath is always inside her, and in us. we find ourselves watching her react to the wild, aberrant treacheries of back-country farm life instead of seeing that stimuli ourselves. we watch Toss see her father fall to his death; we watch horror unfold on her face when itinerant worker Ethan docks the lamb Toss…

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  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

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    This is stunningly shot, struck through with white and grey and over that a lot of rich browns and golds and some very pretty eggshell blue, complemented by clean, coherent camera work and a nice pace despite the frankly ridiculous runtime.

    A fair bit of the story doesn't make sense. This is what we call "mystery". I like it in doses. Though we're tagging along with a fairly unlikable protagonist, it makes sense for us to have only what little…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

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    I was a horrible little fool for giving this a 3/10 the first time around. Taste is ever-evolving and the best thing to change about me in the last couple years is that I love Snyder's DC movies now.

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  • 2012

    2012

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    I understand if everyone wants to kick my ass for this but this is honestly one of my favourite films of all time. It's one of very few that I can watch over and over again and never grow tired of, even though I'm fully aware that it's severely unrealistic (NASA branded it "absurd") and probably politically questionable too (mainly because, despite continued assertions from certain characters that the act of selling tickets for placement on the arks is inhumane,…

  • The Vanishing Lady

    The Vanishing Lady

    better editing than la la land.