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  • Cats

    Cats

    ★★★★★

    A spiritual work that dissects the traps, struggles and joys that each of these cats go through. This themic motif travel's throughout each of the songs, with each cat stating who they are and how transcendence is the solution to get out of the trap they have fallen into. Each vice of humanity is addressed and repurposed into these eccentric characters. The camera movements change technique with each cat, mirroring each cat's sensibility. The blocking and tracking is absolutely phenomenal,…

  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★★½

    "Chess isn't always competitive. Chess can also be beautiful. It was the board I noticed first. It's an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it. I can dominate it. And it's predictable, so if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame."

    "I don't know why my body is so intent on sabotaging my brain, when my brain is perfectly capable of sabotaging itself."

    The Queen's Gambit is a series that…

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  • Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy

    Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely trailblazing, few films out there are this confident, obtuse and genuine as this one. Some of the most emotional writing I have ever seen in a film, it's like feelings being portrayed in how they exist in our subconscious mind rather than how they are interpreted through the limits of language. Constantly exploiting problematic behaviours removing it of its artifice and showing the unconditional humanity behind them. Hatsumi is abused and goes through plenty of trauma but even though…

  • Letter to Brezhnev

    Letter to Brezhnev

    ★★★½

    Raises a few good questions on love but more specifically what justifys it and how do you draw the line between logic and emotion. The film uses the oppression of Russia and the individualism of the UK as a way to comment on different class systems, Elaine meets a Russian man and falls in love, later she gets the offer to go to Russia so they can be reunited. To what lengths should we sacrifice ourselves to be with the…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    Well Nolan's kinda lost his mind (again) yet I've never seen him so composed. This has so much happening and tries to tackle so many different subplots but he never stopped to make it emotionally resonant or even engaging. There's just topics like abuse, existentialism, the apocalypse etc. that are just thrown into the film without any care or second glance.

    The abuse/misogynist undertones is not something Nolan has any skill in tackling and just feels like emotionless window dressing.…

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★½

    This musical is either unaware of what it's doing or so manipulative that it transcends to a new form of pandering. It constantly likes to flatter with being progressive yet constantly contradicts itself by spouting traditionalist agenda. Why should I sympathise with any of these people, most if not all these people are historical monsters. The way the musical frames these ideas is very alarming to say the least.

    While your being "wowed" by the corny bars and fast flow,…