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  • Beanpole

    ★★★

  • Winter Light

    ★★★★

  • The Rapture

    ★★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

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  • Beanpole

    Beanpole

    ★★★

    Worrying that this director got picked to do The Last of Us on HBO. Because I'm sorry, this is misery porn – which is exactly what the The Last of Us games are wrongly accused of being! Crucially, both of those incredible games temper their misery with awe, excitement, catharsis etc. And yes, that stuff is doled out with a great deal of Hollywood artifice. But Beanpole's approach, the lowlight reel, where you show only the grimmest moments and skip…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★

    The Fury Road of Protestant anguish, just absolutely relentless carnage, almost every scene feeling like the hard-won climax of a much longer story – and somehow Bergman does all this not even in 81 minutes but in 68, since it opens with 13 minutes of uninterrupted church service. (Of course, that's commonplace now, but remember this was before all the screenwriting manuals were telling you to start your script that way.) Watched this as homework for seeing Bergman Island and then…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

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

    Can any explain to me why Amy Adams' character doesn't prevent her daughter from getting cancer? We know that she can use her knowledge of the future to intervene in the present, as she does with General Shang. The random cell mutation that causes cancer in her daughter will have required a specific set of circumstances at the molecular level – it's exceptionally bad luck (see the amazing account in Francis Spufford's Red Plenty of how many different things have…

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★★

    This made me think about my relationship with American franchise cinema. Because there is stuff in RRR that I would find absolutely inexcusable if I encountered it there. I hate the sitcom writing in Marvel films, but the scenes between Bheem and Jenny are worse acted and less funny than even the lowest moments of the MCU. There’s also CGI in here that’s just as bad as those shots from Death on the Nile that everybody was making fun of…