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  • The Tree of Life
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Return to Oz
  • Andrei Rublev

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  • Riders of Justice

    ★★★★

  • Burning

    ★★★

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

  • In the Heights

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    Didn't expect to be so blindsided by this, nor to find so much primal personal resonance of my own in it - that mother and son relationship, as well as Diana's own loose chasing of oblivion cuts deep. It's often highly affected, sometimes stilted and a little too brash (looking at you Jonny Greenwood) but I found it wholly and desperately sad and often terrifying.
    My favourite film of 2021 so far.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Extended Edition 4K

    On this, my near 50th watch of this film, it struck me for the first time how old fashioned the filmmaking is here - Jackson both allows his film so much time to breathe (particularly in the extended version) and there’s a real emotionality to the proceedings, in the expressionistic lighting, the full close ups and Howard Shore’s operatic score, with most of his techniques feeling pulled straight from the 70s/80s horror classics he loves. At 20 years old, Fellowship feels like returning to an old friend and a relief from the overt efficiency of the MCU and modern blockbusters.

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  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Hands down the film of the year.
    I never anticipated that all of the unanimous praise (reaching fanboy levels of excitement) could possibly be justified, but it is.
    Alfonso Cuaron has somehow managed to craft a gritty, survival film into a work of astounding visual beauty.
    There were numerous moments that caused that frisson of inspiration when all the hairs on my body stood on end.

    I walked out of the cinema and wanted to walk straight back in.

  • Calvary

    Calvary

    ★★★★

    Watched at Sydney Film Festival.

    Calvary: also known as Golgotha, where Christ was crucified.

    John Michael McDonagh's Calvary is a heartfelt, humanistic and often hilarious look at what it means to be a good man (and even more difficult, a good priest) in a bad community.
    How is Brendon Gleeson's brilliantly portrayed Father James Lavelle supposed to do God's work when repentance is the last thing on the minds of his parishioners. Especially when one has vowed to kill him.…