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|70 59%||Gwen (2018) - Aug 03, 2019
"Marketed as a folk-horror but never really materialises into one, and ultimately fell a bit flat with me because of that. Uses some immersive sound design and eerie landscape photography of Snowdonia to inspire an evocative, visually-driven experience, but it’s eventually undermined by how one-dimensionally the story unravels. Hiraeth might have buffed my score a bit..."
|70 59%||Border (2018) - Jul 23, 2019|
|65 49%||Valkoinen peura (1952) - Jun 25, 2019|
|0 3%||Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) - Jun 17, 2019|
|95 96%||High Life (2018) - Jun 17, 2019
"The type of beautifully enigmatic, visually-driven sci-fi that any large scale production immediately suffocates out of existence these days. Open to endless interpretations, but I think this is a really rich exploration of what's left when social constructs are torn away from us. How we grasp for comfort, familiarity and meaning, and how our innate drives find equally bleak and tender ways of manifesting as we approach the abyss."
|65 49%||BlacKkKlansman (2018) - May 20, 2019|
|0 3%||First Knight (1995) - May 10, 2019|
|60 41%||The Endless (2017) - May 06, 2019
"Need to sympathise with the low budget and overlook some bad casting/dialogue to appreciate the ideas and symbolism. Engaging at times (like when posing an existential choice between comforting temporal loops and linear agency in the real world), but ends up being really on the nose, then abandons it for some clichés about fraternal bonds. Was taken by the little metaphysical world's laws and imagery/'the unknown' at times, but bad pacing and an overall sense of passivity kept sobering me."
|75 67%||Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) - Apr 23, 2019
"Watched in 2D. Restricted, but a classic Herzog doc in that he overlooks the tendency to humble you with scientific jargon & statistics, choosing to explore the human condition. Like how does it feel to be isolated in a space that’s been preserved for 40,000 years, and how does it shape our dreams? You really get the sense that time gets distorted for the people who work there, and as amazing as the artwork is, that temporal dislocation/the universality of the spirit are the real focal points."
|60 41%||Us (2019) - Apr 14, 2019
"It’s enjoyable and the premise is cool, but it’s mostly under-explored until a clunky final monologue that labours to make everything explicable (and it presents lots of annoying plot holes, which come at the expense of the ambiguity that can make this kinda film linger). It’s never really a true genre film either because the horror elements keep getting hamstrung by comic relief. Feels messy; like 3 different films in 1, and the tonal shifts never manage to converge into a cohesive idea."