Michael's Cinema Paradiso

Michael's Cinema Paradiso

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Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Underworld: Blood Wars
  • World War Z

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★★★½

  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    ★★★½

  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

    ★★★

  • World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen

    ★★

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  • Moebius

    Moebius

    ★★★★

    Afterthoughts: Some films just leave you feeling numb; slumped in your chair in a paralysed state of wide-eyed disconcertment. It’s safe to say, Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius is one of them!

    In many respects, Moebius is comparable to Takashi Miike’s straight-to-video shockfest, Visitor Q (2001). Both films follow a deeply dysfunctional family down a dark path of degenerative behaviours and events, and neither of the provocateurs behind them offer their audiences a single breath of fresh air, nor a shred of…

  • The Wrong Man

    The Wrong Man

    ★★★★½

    Afterthoughts: The Wrong Man is an understated and underseen entry in Alfred Hitchcock's vast filmography, but it's always been amongst my favourites.

    Obsessed with the wrongly accused, as shown with countless films exploring the same theme, Hitchcock takes a very different approach here - mostly apparent in the protagonist's character traits which don't seem to resemble any of his other falsely-accused victims.

    Unlike The 39 Steps’ Hannay or North by Northwest’s Roger Thornhill, Manny Balestrero (played beautifully as ever by…

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    Afterthoughts: I’m gonna put this right out there that this is the best shot and directed Marvel film. Chloe Zhao’s visuals are excellent and you can really see an auteur’s stamp on how the scenes were put together.

    Story and character-wise, it is interesting to see a Greek mythology-esque creation story brought into the mix. I mean, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is practically a religion now, so it was only a matter of time before Disney and Marvel Studios went…

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Smiles of a Summer Night

    Afterthoughts: An amusing farce, filled with absolutely stunning people and typically European cheekiness you’d never find in Hollywood at the time. And then came the absolute explosion that was The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, and the rest is history.

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  • Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    Definitely gamerporn. Cool aesthetic. But too gamerporn-emphatic. Perverts.

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    “And the Academy Award for Best Original Score goes to Daniel Lopatin, Good Time.

    Unfortunately, Daniel Lopatin cannot be here tonight on account of NOT BEING NOMINATED. Boo, you whore!”

    Afterthoughts: A rough and ready, fully loaded attack on the senses - the kind comparable to the likes of Suspiria (and I felt that before the brilliant audio-visual reference to that film).

    The whole thing is genuinely and riotously a good time (oh yes he did).

    These Safdie brothers are limitlessly talented!

    Kind of at a loss for words over how good this is, and how late to the party I am on seeing it.