PatrickDalziel

Studying journalism at Edinburgh Napier.

Favorite films

  • Withnail & I
  • Suspiria
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Raw

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  • Filmworker

    ★★★

  • Airplane!

    ★★★★½

  • if....

    ★★★★

  • Game Night

    ★★★½

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★

    Heard a lot of people say this is the best MCU film, so decided to plug a gap in my knowledge and finally check it out. Turns out it’s a very solid action film which once it gets going I found highly engaging. It’s not the best though, that’s Thor Ragnarok.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    A touch overlong, but for the most part a very enjoyable crossover of the established Marvel cinematic universe. Thanos is undeniably the driving force of the film, his long awaited arrival being truly cataclysmic. He’s the most interesting and tragic villain so far in the series, with some very surprising emotive moments crafting a sympathetic edge among the mania. However, this mania does feel a touch gruelling by the end of the 150 minute run time, nothing feels overtly bloated…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★

    Claustrophobic and relentless, mother! feels like a 2 hour panic attack. The allegorical nature of the plot comes off a bit heavy handed, especially towards the end. However, the talent of all the main cast and the glee Aronofsky takes in slowly revealing new details among the carnage is fantastic. It's not going to be for everyone, that's undeniable, but give it a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    People have called this Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece, and while he's a director I'm not too familiar with, it's not hard to see why. Nothing in Le Samouraï is superfluous, running seamlessly from start to end. The performances are excellent throughout, François Périer is especially good as the relentless policeman hunting down hitman/protagonist Jef Costello (Alain Delon). The film also has an interestingly faded colour palette exposing the grimy world Costello inhabits, meanwhile creating a contradictorily tranquil experience for viewers. The plot may not be revolutionary, but the pure delight Melville takes in unravelling it so elegantly more than makes up for this.