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  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

    ★★★

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

    ★★★★

  • Adventures in Cruben Country

    ★★★★

  • Ecstasy of the Angels

    ★★★★

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  • Scream

    Scream

    We need to talk about the Scream sequels. Fundamentally, they don’t work. Though two and four are fun enough films that have some independent thrills, direct continuation of Scream is a fool’s endeavour. Apart from being just a kickass slasher, Scream works because it was new and because it was deconstructive. Sequels, direct sequels that is (as opposed to anthologised chapters), are inherently both constructive and not new. This is one of many reasons why the new Scream does not…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

    As an English Literature teacher who has taught Shakespeare’s Macbeth for seven years, my perspective on adaptations will differ to most. While I understand that Joel Coen’s turn is a striking piece of cinema full of good actors saying pretty words, and certainly is cinematic (on a visual level), it is a lukewarm adaptation that is often at odds with the strength of the source material. Coen’s Macbeth feels like what people think Shakespeare is: an arch, arty thing to…

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  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

    ★★★

    Japanuary 2022. My list here and Ben’s Official List here.

    The previous film did a great job of widening the world while, towards the end, narrowing down the narrative focus with the promise of an upcoming climax. Immediately, this follow-up kills that momentum, throwing us into a disjointed story that eventually loops back around but, often, feels like needless expansion.

    It is a more complex tale with more going on; though. not satisfyingly so. The final moments are excellent, with a…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

    ★★★★

    Japanuary 2022. My list here and Ben’s Official List here.

    In many ways, this one is a bit of a mess. There are so many inserted narrative arcs, layered in flashbacks, that contextualise or recontextualise and (perhaps) deserve their own films. Yet, with this comes a deep satisfaction. It is all very messy, but it now feels wider and more compelling.

    There is still a lingering creepiness, especially in one misguided scene, which taints the series. Outside of that, the film…

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    The Twin Geeks Review

    Usually, it's easy to review a Wes Anderson film. Really, it's as simple as employing a flow-chart: do you like Wes Anderson films? If yes, you will like this one, now read on for a breakdown of what flavour of Wes this is; if no, you will not like this movie. This time, it is not so simple. You see, I love Wes Anderson films. I've seen them all and have found things to love in…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    If Don’t Look Up is about anything, and I’m already being charitable, it is how we as a society are blind to the issues around us and are complicit in their progression. It is therefore ridiculous that this film doesn’t actually deal with an actual issue, instead it just conjures up straw man caricature after straw man caricature and lands contrived, easy hit after easy hit. Yes, in it’s made up world, so divorced from reality, it seems to be…