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  • Blonde

    ★½

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

  • First Person Plural

    ★★★★★

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★★★★

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

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

    Watching this and RRR one after the other is a whole trip. Maximalist cinema is alive and well, y'all!

    Everything Everywhere All at Once is... hard to describe, and cannot be neatly put into just one genre box. Is it an absurdist sci-fi comedy? A multiverse-hopping action-adventure? A heartwrenching drama about mid-life crisis and fractured relationships? An unique take on wuxia epic? Parody of a wuxia epic? An existential journey around the vast universe? An anti-cosmic horror story? Perhaps it's…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    A meditative, patient and deeply moving parable about grief, the flaws and complexities of human nature, and moving on from past mistakes and loss of loved ones. The direction and cinematography forgo any flashy showmanship and instead opt for a quiet, understated approach towards the material that nevertheless shows an assured, confident command over the craft. Despite its 3-hour long runtime and a low-key story, the film is never unengaging or uninvolving thanks to the skillful editing, fantastic writing and…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★½

    Remember Mr. Bean's Holiday? Remember that movie-within-a-movie made by Willem Dafoe that played in Cannes that was boring, empty and pretentious with all sorts of creative tricks but nothing actually of worth to show for? This is that film come to life.

    Blonde is a listless, overlong slog that is essentially nothing but misery porn, with a terrible screeplay and a really dim and dehumanising look on Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jean - Ana de Armas and most of the actors are…

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★

    Look, I definitely agree with at least some of the script, "Too derivative!" and "barely any memorable characters!" criticisms (though Neytiri is awesome and Zoë Saldana is fucking amazing in the role), but there are very few things in the world better than seeing this in IMAX 3D. Even if my screening didn't get HFR, it was still pure sensory overload and an extremely immersive experience. The remastered CGI? The world building? The setpieces? The direction? All amazing. No wonder people all over the world went nuts over the film in 2009.

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    I'll share my full thoughts later, but for now I'll just say this:

    If it were not for Rami Malek's committed performance and a fairly decent recreation of the Live Aid concert, this would've been a complete dumpster fire.

    UPDATE:

    *sigh* Where do I even begin with this film?

    Bohemian Rhapsody is a sanitised, by-the-numbers, formulaic biopic about Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury. Now, when it comes to films that follow a formula, I'm not that harsh compared…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Enchanting, magical, nostalgic - these words are the first to come to mind when thinking about La La Land. The musical numbers are incredible, the acting is excellent and the themes are relatable. However, the film primarily succeeds because of director Damien Chazelle's craft. Every frame is perfectly constructed, every scene incredibly well directed, every musical sequence perfectly executed, particularly the awe-inspiring "Epilogue" (one of the best cinematic moments of the decade). The film has a dreamy feeling that is…