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  • Inland Empire

    ★★★★

  • Society

    ★★★★

  • Akira

    ★★★

  • The Raid 2

    ★★★★★

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I had planned to rewatch Mulholland Drive on the anniversary of its premiere at Cannes, which in my mind was May 17th 2001. Then I found out last night that the premiere was actually on May 16th. By that point it was too late, but never one to let a technicality get in the way I decided I would forge ahead this morning anyway.

    Mulholland Drive has been my favourite film since probably my second or third viewing, where most…

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    The problem with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is that I can't really talk about it without talking about my dad. I've started this review in my head several times over trying to figure out how to talk around the subject, but I don't think it's going to be possible. So, you can look at the score and bail now, confident that you know I love this film (and I do love this film), or if you like,…

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  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★

    Watching Miami Vice a couple of days ago - Michael Mann's lo-grade DV, no plot just vibes 2006 movie featuring a supporting turn from Justin Theroux and a scene with Nina Simone's Sinnerman - put me in a mind to revisit Inland Empire - David Lynch's lo-grade DV, no plot just vibes 2006 movie featuring a supporting turn from Justin Theroux and a scene with Nina Simone's Sinnerman. Even though, beyond that admittedly surface level and facetious description, the two…

  • Society

    Society

    ★★★★

    I was recommended to watch Society without looking up a single thing about it. So if, somehow, you happen to have landed here with no knowledge of this film or what it is, I would extend the same recommendation. Just don't look up a single thing, take 100 minutes and go watch it.

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    I knew I was in for a good time with Society when the opening credits revealed "Surrealistic make-up effects by Screaming Mad George. How can a…

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  • Akira

    Akira

    I first watched Akira some years ago in my early teens. My impressions of it at the time were that I absolutely loved the first hour with its dystopic world building - a crossroads between Blade Runner and Mad Max - and the action packed motorcycle chases, but that in the second hour the whole thing became sort of incomprehensible. At the time I put the blame largely on myself for perhaps being too young to understand the various intricacies…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2

    ★★★★★

    The first time I got to see The Raid 2 was a screening in March 2014, a cinema experience that has stuck with me for two notable reasons. The first was the two guys sat behind me. As soon as the first piece of dialogue began, right at the start of the film, one turned to the other and griped, "You never said this was going to be in Spanish!" and left before the opening title card (which is awesome,…