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  • Modern Times
  • La Jetée
  • The Babadook

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  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

  • The Mole

  • Beautiful Thing

  • Phoenix

    ★★★★½

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  • Sweet Sixteen

    Sweet Sixteen

    🎥: All 4

    Another off the Loach-Laverty production line: fiercely forgiving of their protagonists' faults; and putting into sharp focus the circumscriptive psychological and financial effects of poverty

    It’s also telling that Loach’s stylistic and narrative sombreness was as salient in 2002 - the apogee of New Labour and its false promise of social mobility - as it is in Tory Britain. This, I, DANIEL BLAKE, and SORRY WE MISSED YOU speak to - or rather, rage against - decades-long abdication…

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr.

    🎥: Amazon Prime

    a 45-minute thrill ride: adrenaline-pumping and packed with laughs. 

    on a cerebral level, it’s also a witty reflection on our relationship with the cinema. shadows, a recurrent motif, suggest how films project distorted, aggrandised images of ourselves. these images don’t just mimic life; they constitute alter, inflated egos — the Projectionist/ detective, the love rival/ Villain, the Butler/ the sidekick. film thus becomes a medium for illustrating fantasy — we see, what we want to be. 

    or so it…