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  • The Muppets

    The Muppets

    ★★★★★

    One of my favourite comfort films of the past decade. I can sing these songs off by heart, and each of them are great feel-good musical pop songs written by the ever-brilliant Brett McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords fame (which even earnt him his Oscar).

    Outside of the delightful music? This movie is a gem. It rebooted The Muppets for a millennial family audience while also retaining the trademark wholesome charm of the oldschool Muppets hayday, resembling classic cabaret…

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 ½

    Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 ½

    ★★★

    Greaves' revisit to his classic Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One feels more like a supplementary piece rather than a continuation of the chaotic conflicts and experimental exploration of what it means to make a film. It's still enjoyable for what it's worth, but the disagreements are milder, and rather than complex interactions stemming from the simplicity of a screen test, this sequel of sorts is more like a reunion.

    To elaborate, this sequel is actually an extension of additional scenes from the…

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  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    Sofia Coppola made Picnic At Hanging Rock for the 90s, even if it is set in the 70s. Influenced by the shoegaze, the slackers and the sexual curiosities of puberty, The Virgin Suicides is a puzzling tragedy, tinged with humour, slithering with teen hipster cool and reflections that confronts what we know to be true: the people who peaked in school and lost their looks; the superficiality and rubbernecking of white suburbia; the sexual desperation of our teens; etc.

    Things…

  • Something Different

    Something Different

    ★★★★

    Věra Chytilová's Something Different brings to stories of women seeking more fulfilment in their lives, meshing documentary and cinéma vérité realist storytelling into a blend of fact and fiction. The fictitious yet relatable story of a housewife and mother wishing for more relationship engagement from her husband, and an observant documentary focusing on an Olympic gymnast as she suffers through her training reluctantly.

    There's the trademark humour and wit found in Chytilová's filmography present here, but Something Different feels like…