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  • Mr. Sardonicus

    ★★★

  • Pieces

    ★★★

  • Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

  • Man in Black

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  • 79 Springs

    79 Springs

    ★★★★

    I hosted a film festival at my local cinema, showcasing the wonderful cinema (and music) of Cuba. The selection of films exploring different aspects of society after the triumph of the revolution, to celebrate 70 years since the assault on Moncada.

    The films I showed were Santiago Alvarez’s Cyclone (1963), Now! (1965), Cerro Pelado (1966), 79 Springs (1969) and ending with Octavio Cortazar’s For the First Time (1967).

    Proceeds from the event will go towards material aid, in which we will send…

  • Tetris

    Tetris

    ½

    My favourite video game has a really interesting backstory on how it was made and the ideas it represented from its creator. A film could be made about it, as a parallel to the USSR.

    This movie decided instead to focus on a capitalist businessman from the US, trying to buy the rights of the game. He enters the USSR, rendered in such cartoonish fashion as some sort of sci-fi dystopia.

    You know, that place where capitalists aren’t thriving from…

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  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★★

    The film’s description really does give away the entire plot. I’m glad I didn’t read it beforehand and was able to enjoy the narrative as it developed organically.

    It didn’t all work, but it is another reminder that the best “British” actors (as usual) are actually Irish.

  • En fin, el Mar

    En fin, el Mar

    ★★★★

    A great start to 2024 cinema with this experimental piece from Puerto Rico, which conveyed the uncertainty of being within the natural landscape.

    Some of the superimpositions were incredibly unique. Startling creativity on show, which allowed it to communicate the fracturing of the self rather effectively.

    Throughout the work, I felt a political undercurrent present. Looming over, an oppressor nation’s stranglehold affecting one’s connection to their surroundings.

    Overall, another top effort from the director, who continues to innovate. Well done to all involved.

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  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★

    For a movie centred around Oppenheimer’s left wing politics, it never once points out that his friend Einstein featured in the film, was a socialist who wrote many papers on why socialism is the answer and publicly defended Lenin:

    I honour Lenin as a man who completely sacrificed himself and devoted all his energy to the realisation of social justice. Men of his type are the guardians and restorers of humanity." - Albert Einstein, 1929.

    I’m not sure if audiences…

  • Sisters with Transistors

    Sisters with Transistors

    ½

    The one trans musician featured (Wendy Carlos) has by far the least amount of screen time, limited to one Bach inspired piece. Suzanne Ciani interrupts to say this isn’t how electronic music should be, then Ciani gets another entire section to herself. It really dampened my enjoyment for the rest of the film.

    (I am excited to hear the live music performances about to happen, following the break after the movie. Might cheer me up a bit)