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  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Mirror

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  • Knock at the Cabin

  • Unbreakable

    ★★★★★

  • TÁR

    ★★★★★

  • Collateral

    ★★★★★

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “She believed in me… it’s my turn to believe in her”


    2021 Ranked
    The opening shot is a reflection in a puddle: a mirror. In seconds it’s shattered by the stomping of bootsteps. The Matrix Resurrections isn’t just a look-back or a simple self-reflection, it’s something to look at in a new way, from different angles. I stand by that this is a perfect companion/pairing with Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth, in the way that they’re both dense texts…

  • Youth Without Youth

    Youth Without Youth

    ★★★★★

    "Where do you want me to put the third rose?"



    From the opening second of its runtime, Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth blurs the lines of reality by distorting imagery of time and love using dreamlike visuals. This is probably the most formally ambitious film I've seen from Coppola, as he shifts POVs, generates dreamlike imagery, distorts sound, and pads the runtime with dream sequences and spiritual visions. Another thing I noticed (I've also noticed this in other post-70s…

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  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    I believe you

    I believe in M. Night Shyamalan, I believe in Dave Bautista, and I believe 2023 will be a great year for movies. Loved, loved, loved this. Fantastic

  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★★★

    "When you woke up this morning... Was it still there? The sadness?"

    On finding yourself, your place. As always with Shyamalan, seeing is believing. Perfect and has aged beautifully

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  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★★★

    "Life to death. Darkness to light."


    Monumental. A flawless synthesis of the first film's strengths (Cameron's patient direction letting you see everything, concise, economical, and weighted action with impeccable geography, mind-melting and immersive visual effects and performance capture), and the strengths of the rest of Cameron's oeuvre (gun action of Aliens, disaster filmmaking of Titanic, spiritual humanism of The Abyss, familial themes in Terminator 2 and Aliens). An immensely confident film, not only because it exudes confidence from Cameron himself,…

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    "You must, in fact, stand in front of the public and God and obliterate yourself."


    Will begin with saying that Blanchett, the sound design, the editing, and the score are all phenomenal.

    Maybe my favourite use of mirrors in a film outside of Coppola. As Lydia looks within the mirror, she neglects the truth in front of her, and focuses on the image of herself she desires. In this sense, it feels like other key films that reckon with modernity…