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  • Boyhood
  • Parasite
  • Back to the Future
  • Stop Making Sense

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  • Puzzle

    ★★★★

  • First Reformed

    ★★★★

  • Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

  • Boyhood

    ★★★★★

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    "What is the Matrix?" "What is real?"

    What if our world was not the world as we know it but a virtual reality created by Artificial Intelligence. So goes the premise of the movie known as The Matrix. When released, the series broke many boundaries for the time. Special effects, stunts, the ability to tell a complex story so that the viewer could understand it, and bringing together a stellar cast to tell that story certainly helped.

    After nearly 22…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    Based on the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage. Primarily a work of fiction, some characters and parts of the plot are based on Thomas’s experience as a closeted gay teen growing up on a ranch in Montana. New Zealander Jane Campion adapted the screenplay from the novel and is at the helm as Director.

    I was more nervous going into this film than any I’ve watched this year. There has been such a huge build-up to it, and we Kiwis…

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  • Puzzle

    Puzzle

    ★★★★

    Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) lives a quiet life looking after her two adult sons and her husband Louie (David Denman). Her only interests in life are the local church group and her recent interest in puzzles. In fact, puzzles have become an obsession for Agnes and a means of escape from her mundane life

    This movie popped up on Netflix and had a storyline that piqued my interest. Well, what a sweet surprise! Beautiful cinematography, a gorgeous score, a fun, intriguing…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    I had seen a few positive reviews on Letterboxd for this one but had no idea what it was about. The storyline is slow, to begin with, but then you start to have an inkling where it is leading, then it smacks you in the face. I have a huge dislike of voiceovers in movies, but hey, it's Ethan Hawke, and his character's narrative, via his diary, is an integral part of the story. In the final 20 minutes the…

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous coming of age film for Gen Z’ers (though in saying that, I enjoyed it too!) I have no idea how Bo Burnham managed to get inside the head of an Eighth Grade girl, but he pretty near perfected it!

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Finally, our family decided to splurge and see Dune. Not on the big screen (there is only 1 IMAX screen in all of New Zealand, so that wasn’t an option) but the largest screen possible, along with our home theatre system. Not quite as good as the in-theatre experience, but hey, what you gonna do? I was freaking gobsmacked by this film!

    While the cinematography and visual design are literally out of this world, the sound production was phenomenal. The…