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  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★½

    A film that had so many ups and downs for me, The Piano is incredibly hard to review. Obviously, the acting, cinematography and music deserves every bit of praise it can get, also boasting one of the most impressive child performances to date. However, this is a film that is so intent in challenging its audience in an incredibly contemplative and symbolic way that I think it comes as a detriment to providing a cohesive story.

    The film feels so…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    This was extraordinary. Easily my favourite PTA film from what I have seen, led by a wonderfully enchanting performance by Adam Sandler. PTA's estatic direction combined with a vibrant and unpredictable score by Jon Brion makes 'Punch Drunk Love' feel like a delightful fever dream that was surpisingly hilarious at every turn. There is so much more to say about this film from its gorgeous cinematography, hilarious dialogue and a supporting role from Philip Seymour Hoffman that deserved an oscar in itself. One of the easiest 10s I've given.

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  • Hunger

    Hunger

    ★★★★½

    An exhausting and gruelling experience, 'Hunger' relentlessly pounds the viewer with horrifying imagery backed up by an extraordinary performance by Michael Fassbender. Jesus Christ, this man fucking says nothing for most of the runtime but every breath he takes is taken to perfection. McQueen undoubtedley proves his ability to display notions of hopelessness, determination and morbid desperation, consuming the screen with a fascinating visual style and gritty realism that attacks the viewer's senses.

    This film takes no sides but explores…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Epitomising the forbidden romance story, Sciamma sets her film apart through a blissfully raw and simple portrayal of the classic romance format. Providing subtle moments that communicate every moment of emotion and tension needed to grip the audience, portrait drives away from excess to provide a poetic narrative in its core elements.

    Cinematography that captures still images you could hang on your wall, shots that linger on a character’s meandering actions, the avoidance of non-diegetic music and the dispersal of…