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Stepford Wives (1975) - 6.5/10. A very good movie. The movie is slow, very slow. So kinda loses a few points there. But never loses that creepy felling of "something fishy is going on". A good afternoon killer!
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Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)


A very sad and moving film that looks at how an elderly man looks back at his life with regret and only starts “to live” once he finds out that he has stomach cancer. I found this film to be close to Ozu in many ways in how it deals with themes of children neglecting their parents, for me the saddest moments are throughout the film when is son is completely ignorant of his father’s suffering. The final act does slightly threaten to become too didactic for its own good, but before it can Kurosawa reminds us of why he is one of the most powerful visual directors ever as he cuts between images of our protagonist’s final days.

The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)


I have heard a lot of praise for the cinematography of this film, and whilst the stark black and white photography does help extenuate the harsh conditions and deteriorating mental wellbeing of the characters, I must say that I find Clouzot to be slightly inconsistent. Much like Diabolique, you have some sequences which are absolutely outstanding that will stay in the mind for a long time after viewing, but there are also large chunks of the plot that are unmemorable and not overly cinematic either. Once our characters are on the road the film really does get going and there are some very suspenseful well-constructed sequences.

WARNING: spoilers below
I thought the ending was unnecessary fatalism.


Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988)


Sorry to people who are fans of this film, but this film did virtually nothing for me. There are no interesting cinematic elements that are utilised to tell the story that it wants to tell about disability, so it relies solely on the performances of that main two characters. Whilst Dustin Hoffman is very dedicated to his role - and this risks sounding harsh - his character becomes repetitive, and even more annoying are the way in which one cliche scenes occurs after another as Tom Cruise’s character goes on a “journey”. I recently watched Green Book, which I thought was heavily flawed and not overly cinematic, yet enjoyable thanks largely to the film's humour. I struggled to find Tom Cruise compelling or warm enough at any point.

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017)


Nolan deliberately chooses to use a lot more restraint and strips this story down to fewer elements, which works because instead of exploring complex ideas we have universal human emotions that have been repeated throughout history. There are a number of really nice visual images that Nolan strikes up such as the small fishing trawler led by Mark Rylance, passing a much bigger Navy ship on its way to Dunkirk. The decision to mainly rely on unknown actors helps the story create almost archetypal characters that make the story powerful because we know that in reality there were many of these types of people in their various roles doing their bit for their country. The archetypal nature of the characters and other limited elements do however have their drawbacks as the film begins to feel repetitive in certain areas and feels unsure how to tie everything up together.
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Damascus Cover (Daniel Zelik Berk, 2017)
5/10
The Rhythm Section (Reed Morano, 2019)
6/10
Bad Roomies (Jason Schnell. 2015)
+ 5/10
The Last Full Measure (Todd Robinson, 2019)
6.5/10

Pentagon staffer Sebastian Stan tries to get the Medal of Honor for an Air Force medic from testimony of Vietnam vets 30 years after his death.
Red Velvet (Bruce Dickson, 2008)
5/10
Every Day (Michael Sucsy, 2018)
+ 6/10
Like a Boss (Miguel Arteta, 2020)
+ 5/10
Woody Guthrie: All-Star Tribute Concert 1970 (Jim Brown, 2019)
7/10

Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Country Joe McDonald at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Escort (Will Slocombe, 2016)
6.5/10
The Turning (Floria Sigismondi, 2020)
5/10
The Ghost Who Walks (Cody Stokes, 2019)
5.5/10
Hollow Man (Paul Verhoeven, 2000)
+ 6/10

A good Halloween prank if you can do it.
The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack, 2018)
6.5/10
Little Joe (Jessica Hausner, 2019)
6/10
Gretel & Hansel (Osgood Perkins, 2020)
+.5/10
Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg, 2012)
5.5/10

Virus sales rep Caleb Landry Jones has a bizarre obsession with celebrity Sarah Gadon and her illness.
Mine 9 (Eddie Mensore 2019)
- 6.5/10
Candy Corn (Josh Hasty, 2019)
4/10
A Year Ago in Winter (Caroline Link, 2008)
6/10
Bandslam (Todd Graff, 2009)
- 6.5/10

High school rock band manager Gaelan Connell makes friends with S5am [the 5 is silent] (Vanessa Hudgens) before their battle of the bands.
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1917 (2019)


Very impressive cinematography and film work as expected, and I thought everything else was just as impressive. This rating may go up or down on a rewatch, because I'm definitely in the group that kinda says it's easy to make a good war movie because of how it appeals to emotion and uses historical facts. I think I still give the slight edge to Parasite for that reason on best of 2019.




MURDER MYSTERY
(2019)

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“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!” ~ Rocky Balboa



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'Beach Rats' (2017)

Dir. Eliza Hittman


My 2nd Eliza Hittman this week - This film confirms for me that she's is a very special director. She's so unafraid to go as slow / dark / seedy / emotive / arthouse or whatever the scene needs to push on. Plus I think she films on 16mm film (technical buffs can correct me), which gives the neorealistic look an even more authentic touch.

It centres around a young Brooklyn man desperately discovering his sexuality in an environment that is not easy. It's a well trodden path, but it's testament to Hittman's craft and vision that she can make a film with old substance feel relatively new. With this film and 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', Hittman seems to be striking a chord with new American indie cinema. I hope she's got plenty more in her to come.

7.9/10




The Furies (1950)

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Anthony Mann directs this melodramatic western in which characters are more likely to trade jabs than lead. "The Furies" refers to an enormous ranch owned by T. C. Jeffords (Walter Huston). He's pretty much a hardass as is his daughter Vance (Barbara Stanwyck). The drama comes from their up and down relationship and the people in their lives. Great performances and dialogue, and the movie just keeps getting better as it goes along. Definitely recommended for those of you gorging on westerns but looking for a little bit of a different flavor.



Sea Fever (2019)

Pretty standard horror flick about the meeting of an unknown lifeform and a bunch of people. Kinda like Scifi-horror but instead of space, it happens on a boat at sea. There are some stupid things in the script, but it's pretty watchable.

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Slightly tipping its hat to other films but interesting in its own way. The dialogue and paranoia pulls this through. Good effort by Toby Jones.



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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018) - First Time on Blu-ray

My Hero Academia is one of the most popular current anime for good reason and Two Heroes is a fanboy's dream come true. The animation is stunning, all the most important characters make their return, its storyline holds a place within the My Hero Academia lore, the action set-pieces are up to par with the series' best episodes, Yuki Hayashi's musical score ramps up the excitement like always, and the film itself is perfectly accessible even if you've never seen a single episode which makes it pretty perfect for introducing newcomers to Kohei Horikoshi's rapidly rising anime and manga franchise. Funimation also delivers yet another excellent English dub. Justin Briner is once again excellent as Izuku Midoriya, who was born Quirkless in a world where 80% of the population has superpowers but unexpectedly got a shot at being a hero when, after a chance encounter, All Might informed him of One-For-All, a Quirk that could be passed down to an heir and is now a hero-in-training at U.A. High School struggling to control One-For-All. Anyone who's ever had a dream that won't die should find this character likable and easy to connect with. Speaking of, Chris Sabat is equally impressive, in what's quickly becoming one of his signature roles along with Vegeta from Dragon Ball and Roronoa Zoro from One Piece, as All Might, the greatest pro hero to date who chose Midoriya as the one to inherit One-For-All due to his own failing health and is also a teacher at U.A. Clifford Chapin is also rock-solid as Katsuki Bakugo, one of Midoriya's classmates ever since kindergarten who once constantly criticized him for being Quirkless but now has a conflicted view of him, seeing him as a rival to outdo. Horikoshi has openly stated that he based the character on Tetsuo Shima, the iconic villain in Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, and it doesn't take very long to figure that out due to his behavior ("Why would we tell some weak-ass villains like you?" "You just don't learn, huh?" "Don't order me around!"), taunting villains while slinging fire at them, even though the character himself is one of the good guys. Luci Christian, who many will remember as Honey-senpai in Ouran High School Host Club and Kaname Chidori in Full Metal Panic!, is also excellent as Ochaco Uraraka, one of Midoriya's classmates who can defy gravity and clearly has a thing for Midoriya. Ryoji Kaji himself J. Michael Tatum, who many will also remember as Uncle Wabisuke in Summer Wars and Kyoya Ootori in Ouran, also does some of his best work here as Tenya Iida, Midoriya's super-stern classmate who has engines for legs. Eva fans should also watch out for Toji Suzuhara himself Justin Cook as Eijiro Kirishima, yet another classmate who is one of the few who can calm Bakugo down, perfectly capturing the character's cool head and generally "chill" personality. Yet another Eva fans should watch out for is Dr. Akagi herself Colleen Clinkenbeard as Momo Yaoyorozu, who can produce next to any object by simply springing it from any part of her body. One more Eva fans will want to watch out for is Mari Makinami herself Trina Nishimura—still think it's super cool that there's an actual Japanese dubbing anime for Funimation—as Kyoka Jiro, who can listen in to her surroundings with headphone jacks that hang from her earlobes. Ray Chase is better here as David "Dave" Shield, one of All Might's old friends who is also a scientist building gear for pro heroes, than he was as Gendo Ikari in the Netflix dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Sailor Moon fans will want to watch out for Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus herself Erica Mendez as Melissa, Dave's daughter who aspires to be just like him. Also of note are David Matranga as Shoto Todoroki who controls both fire and ice, Caitlin Glass as Mina Ashido who can produce acid from her skin, and Monica Rial as Tsuyu Asui who has characteristics of a frog, however limited the latter two's screen time may be. Keith Silverstein is appropriately sinister and "Eeeeeeevil!" as Wolfram, one of the franchise's deadliest villains who isn't above killing a high school kid, and the dub script is completely natural. All in all, Two Heroes is a frickin' blast, and it comes heartily recommended to both the My Hero Academia fan and any newcomers looking to give Horikoshi's rising franchise a shot.