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  • Faraway, So Close!
  • Come Drink with Me
  • Old Joy
  • His Motorbike, Her Island

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  • Harold and Maude

    ★★★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★½

  • Something Wild

    ★★★★½

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    Movie you take a walk after and it's one of the best walks of your life.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    You know those lightning-in-a-bottle moments that happen every so often when you're watching a film? The feeling that you've witnessed something so rare, so special, that it takes you to a transcendental plane of consciousness? Well, Stop Making Sense is that, non-stop for 88 minutes, and stays that way every time I watch it.

    I guess my favourite band is The Beatles (boring, I know), but Talking Heads is the answer I'm more likely to give if you ask me…

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  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★½

    I'm not afraid to admit this has lost a tiny bit of its lustre for me in the years since I declared it my favourite film at 14 - its whimsy and naïve optimism teeter ever the more precariously on the precipice of being annoying, as Higgins' screenplay (and by extension, Maude) tries to balance a genuine anti-establishment sentiment and dark (if self-consciously cheeky) sense of humour with corny platitudes. But as someone whom - with whatever cynicism I have…

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

    Hangout movie classic, which Hawks rules at. A hermetically sealed delight, obeys its own rules of structure, of friendship, of the world. Jane Russell stole the show for me on first viewing but this time Marilyn held her own. Round windows!

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ½

    The World is Hell: Hopeless Cinema

    [more to come...writing something large-ish but I'm feeling worse the longer I think about this and need to go to bed]


    Update: More thoughts added

    I have spent several hours now performing an exorcism on myself and I still only feel marginally better than I did when the lights came on and I emerged from the interminable hellscape that is this fucking movie. It is a million times more apocalyptically bleak than you could…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★½

    Please get over yourself.

    My feelings may change, and it's been a hot minute since I've seen any Kaufman so I may be in a weird place with him, but a lot of this was insufferable and crushingly disappointing. Synecdoche, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine are three films I adore, and here I just feel none of the humanity or creativity that makes those films so special. Sure, there's discomfort and moments of deeply upsetting psychological horror - as a cinematic…