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  • The Quiet Girl

    The Quiet Girl

    A beautiful heartbreaking film about the desire to be loved and respected by those you live with. Restrained, elegiac, often quite funny, but definitely powerful when it lands.

  • Born in Flames

    Born in Flames

    I did find myself thinking of Maeve watching this film - another trenchant, low budget 1980s film that took aim not just at the injustices of Western society but the male dominated spaces of revolutionary groups. And that’s quite despite the fact Maeve’s director, Pat Murphy, herself is an actress in this film (as part of a newspaper group that also includes director Kathryn Bigelow.) Of course this film feels even more trenchant in its wide ranging view of the…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    When I was fifteen - over half a life ago, now - I read a novel. I have never revisited it and yet it endures in my memory like few works of fiction ever have. Herbert’s Dune is vivid, engrossing in a world of implied depth that feels so much more dense than considerably longer tomes that spend a much greater amount of time explaining their intricacies - a throwaway term like ‘Zensunni’ (or, so baffling to my Irish teen…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    J. J. Abrams does not do endings, period. He has been involved in co-creating multiple TV series (Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, among many, many others) and directing films in three major franchises (Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and this.) In the case of the former he was actively involved in series during the pilot, but eventually checked out of the process, sometimes staying on a couple of seasons but never being involved in the writing, directing or any decisionmaking regarding the…