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  • Gravity

    ★★★★½

  • Calamari Union

    ★★½

  • Medium Cool

    ★★★

  • The Fly

    ★★★★★

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  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★★

    7.5
    Netflix

    This is a film which has really grown on me in retrospect. An intriguing mix: The Karate Kid meets Fight Club, but with the sort of acerbic, deadpan humour that will be familiar to fans of Wes Anderson (minus the whimsy), Yorgos Lanthimos and Andrew Bujalski.

    The Art of Self-Defence, written and directed by Riley Stearns, is set in a world just a notch more extreme than our own (only a small notch, mind you), a dog-eat-dog world…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    9.5
    Amazon Prime Video (Rental)

    * SPOILERS *

    A knowing deconstruction of the revenge thriller, as typified in recent years by the John Wick and Taken franchises (amongst many others), Pig tees up a classic genre scenario: the mysterious loner who has something precious taken from him (in this case, an adorable truffle pig named Apple) and goes on a mission to get it back. The filmmakers then go even further into this territory by casting Nicholas Cage (who as…

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  • Ammonite

    Ammonite

    ★★★★

    7.5
    Amazon Prime Video

    Director Francis Lee’s eagerly awaited follow-up to his fantastic debut God’s Own Country is best approached as an atmospheric, immersive mood piece, buoyed by two excellent central performances from Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet. Its slow pace and steadfast commitment to showing rather than telling will undoubtably make it a tough sell, and this bears out in the majority of the commentary I have seen around the film, which typically expresses admiration for the filmmaking but…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    9.5
    Blu Ray
    Rewatch (2nd viewing)

    What does it mean to be human? David Cronenberg's Frankenstein-esque cautionary tale stars Jeff Goldblum as a nerdy scientist who accidentally fuses his DNA with a fly, gradually becoming more and more insectial in nature until he literally falls apart.

    My personal favourite Cronenberg film, this has everything: the purest expression of his obsession with the malleability and spongy, liquidy grossness, but also the beauty, of the human body; a brilliant lead performance from…

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  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★★

    8
    Netflix
    Rewatch (2nd viewing)

    Now is the perfect time to reconsider The Blair Witch Project: 20-odd years removed from all of the hoopla surrounding its original release, and about 10 years after the found footage sub-genre it helped usher in finally burnt itself out. Looking back at it now, we can see with much greater clarity the brutally effective, genuinely creepy micro-budget indie that it always should have been. The story is simplicity itself: three idiot teens get lost…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    9.5
    NowTV
    Rewatch (2nd viewing)

    On rewatch, there are a couple of things that bugged me slightly: Jack's descent into madness seems to happen extremely suddenly and without making it very clear that he is falling under the spell of the hotel (apparently Kubrick removed some scenes that were shot which seemingly would have made this transition a little less jarring); and Danny's "shining" abilities actually don't play as big of a role in the story as we are initially…