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  • Promising Young Woman
  • Young Winston
  • Mank
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  • This Magic Moment

    ★★★

  • Hollywoodland

    ★★★½

  • The Great War

    ★★★★

  • Tyler, The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost (Live from Brooklyn)

    ★★★★

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★

    Ignore my previous review. Shot-for-shot there is always something meaningful oozing out of each frame, which coupled with the enthralling editing and astounding sonic art creates an intoxicating cinematic experience. Mann has such tasteful control over the various tools in the filmmaking process which brings the best out of his techies, and you can feel the work put into the diegetic sound choices, the eclectic field recordings, the channel mixing, the music editing. A moment like the closing-time background noise…

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    I never log pre-Letterboxd viewings, but I can recall my first viewing of this film being 20th January 2008. I'd spent the previous day at the Australian Open watching the Federer-Tipsarevic match and then that night watched the all-nighter Hewitt-Baghdatis match. That was two all-nighters in a row, meaning I'd barely slept in days. But even in such a woozy state I loved Chinatown almost from the first second, and it hasn't left my top 20 favourites ever since.

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  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony: United by Emotion

    Tokyo 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony: United by Emotion

    ★★★½

    Good: Drones, ‘64 commemorative tree wood, PictogramMan, switching on the venues, jazz pianist bit

    Bad: Thomas Bach’s tedious ad nauseam filibustery ‘solidarity’ speech which was 1000% overlong with only a few sentences of content

    Everything else was fairly routine opening ceremony stuff. Let the games begin!

  • My Geisha

    My Geisha

    ★★★½

    Genuinely one of those films awaiting rediscovery.

    A decade ago I was crazy about MacLaine and read several of her autobiographies, including Sachi Parker's take which spent more time on the Japan section given she spent much of her childhood there (whereas MacLaine would often be off working somewhere else). Naturally, I've always been very curious about My Geisha, and it does indeed prove highly semi-autobiographical. The actress more known for her comedy. The "Mr MacLaine", his need to not…

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  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.

    This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.

    You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth.…

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…