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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Right now, in 2020, while all the cinemas are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I think there's something to be said for the cinema experience, that is, the setting itself. At its best, it could feel great to sit in a grand theatre (grand compared with the average living room anyway) with all the procedure and ceremony around the film playing out in front of you. Sitting in the dark, only the immense images lighting up the room, with…

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  • Shakespeare or Bust

    Shakespeare or Bust

    ★★★★

    Wonderfully insightful in regards to masculinity, class and perceptions of class in 1970s Britain. Charming, funny and a little bit more subtle than it may appear at first glance. A joyous little carry on.

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★½

    Delroy Lindo is better than the film deserves.

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★½

    If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.

    They are as follows:

    - Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
    I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★

    Much like Blade Runner 2049 I didn't like the intellectual weight heaped upon this re-imagining of a genre favourite. Whilst both are tasteful and accomplished their own way, there is something distant and analytical about how the films are presented. It's as though the originals were put in a blender along with all the film/media studies essays that have been written about them in the intervening years.