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  • Man on the Moon
  • Dream Scenario
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Prestige

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

  • Poor Things

    ★★★★

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    ★★★

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    ★★★

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

    100-word review: I said it once before, and I'll say it again: Denis Villeneuve's Dune is the most accomplished film series adaptation of a widely beloved epic sci-fi/fantasy novel since The Lord of the Rings. And once again I'm overwhelmingly blown away by the production (the plot and the characters are pretty mid to be honest). Everything from cinematography to sound design, and from costuming to colour grading, looks and sounds fantastic. Just like the books, these films will stand the test of time, and I hope it's a box office success again too so we may get a third instalment.

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★

    100-word review: If Poor Things doesn't win Best Production Design and Best Costume Design, the Oscars once again prove to be a joke, I don't care that Barbie is a thing. That out of the way, I gotta say Poor Things is my favourite of the Best Picture nominees I've seen so far; it's so disturbing, yet beautiful — drenched in death, but full of life. I was afraid it would be too sexual for my liking, but although sexuality is certainly a major theme, Yorgos Lanthimos handles it with a brusque style that keeps pulling me in. Another great production from him.

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  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    ★★★

    100-word review: In an era inundated with loud blockbusters clamouring for attention, the Ben Stiller directed, Ben Stiller starring The Secret Life of Walter Mitty emerges as a quiet oasis, inviting viewers on a contemplative journey through the landscapes of imagination. At its core, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a story about the power of dreams, and the courage it takes to pursue them. Through the lens of Walter Mitty's mundane existence, the film prods at the universal longing for something beyond the confines of routine. Ultimately however, this exploration — in my opinion — falls flat due to its disjointed execution.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon

    ★★★

    100-word review: I feel as if the overlap between well-made films, and interesting stories that lend themselves to being told cinematically, contains fewer and fewer Oscar candidates; historic movies, biopics in particular, are oftentimes too strict in their 'and then this happened, and then that happened' formula — I feel the same about Killers of the Flower Moon. The ice-cold storytelling and characters (including the Osages, who appear frustratingly naive) don't evoke much emotion/enthralment from me. The radio play segment was the most interesting cinematic aspect that I wish had been sprinkled throughout the film instead of being saved for the end.

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  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★

    100-word review: Mute pianist Ada has been married off to New Zealand landowner Alisdair. After Alisdair trades Ada’s piano for a stretch of land with the Maori-friendly Baines, she begins to ‘buy’ it back from Baines through ‘piano lessons’ (intimacy). Almost unimaginable this was directed by a woman, because Ada’s change of faith towards her abuser — icky in how offensively little it was questioned. Don’t think it would’ve been received well if it had a male director, and for…

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★

    Few things are as frustrating as loving all the technical aspects (and even more than just that) of a film, and still not enjoying it. That’s exactly what happened here. The Conformist follows Marcello Clerici, an Italian fascist flunky, as he inadequately tries to assassinate his anti-fascist former professor by order of his employer the Organization for Vigilance and Repression of Anti-Fascism.

    In terms of cinematography and its colour palette, The Conformist is an exquisite picture; both elements establish the…