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  • Spider-Man 2
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  • The Apartment

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  • What About Bob?

    ★★★★

  • Radiohead: The King Of Limbs – Live From The Basement

  • Seven Samurai

    ★★★★½

  • Charade

    ★★★½

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  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★

    “You're taller than you look.”
    “I hunch.”
    “Don't.”

    Man, this movie gets it.

    A steady and unrelenting focus on truth and responsibility, a glorious Danny Elfman score that somehow sounds exactly how a Spider-Man score should sound, and it’s memorable after only one viewing and many years later in a manner that certain recent MCU outputs can only dream of. What more could you ask for?

    This has everything I want from a Spider-Man film, and near enough everything I…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    “I can neither comprehend nor describe what happens behind a kitchen door. I have always been content to enjoy the issue of an artist’s talent without unveiling the secrets of the chisel or the turpentine.”

    My love for this one is explained quite simply: it’s endowed with all the hallmarks of a great Wes Anderson film. The trademark dry wit of the screenplay (“don't growl at me, you convicted murderer!”). The fast-paced, excessively intellectual voiceover narration, which is admittedly easier…

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  • What About Bob?

    What About Bob?

    ★★★★

    “Oh, Fay, this is so scrumptious. Is this corn hand-shucked?”

    Chekhov's surprise birthday party. Murray is sublime. Restorative comedy.

  • Radiohead: The King Of Limbs – Live From The Basement

    Radiohead: The King Of Limbs – Live From The Basement

    “Please tell me that sounded alright?”

    Separator? Lowkey one of their best songs. So many beautiful friggin' layers. In general, the live brass accompaniment and more relaxed setting bring out the best in these songs. Just seeing how they are each created live helps me to appreciate them so much more. The energy, musicianship and chemistry are on another level throughout, even on one of their lesser albums (and it doesn't hurt that it's excellently produced by Nigel Godrich and…

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  • Teen Beach Movie

    Teen Beach Movie

    ★★★½

    When Scorsese said Marvel wasn't cinema, this is the cinema he was talking about. I've seen this twice now, and I do not regret it.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★½

    Among the opening images of The Hateful Eight is one of a wooden crucifix, bent over, long since forsaken by the world around it and weighed down by copious amounts of snow. Combined with Ennio Morricone's blistering score raging all the while and set against the backdrop of another image, this time of a single, horse-drawn carriage, thundering onwards with a steady, propulsive air of determination, and polluting the otherwise pure white landscape surrounding it, this symbolic image of spiritual neglect sets the tone for the tale of deceit, violence and treachery that is to follow.