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PT 1: ANALYSIS OF THE ULTIMATE MINDF*CK MOVIE: MIDSOMMAR [2019]

Over a decade ago as an unemployed, young 20-something man-child, I sat on my backside every day, all day, watching movies, often inebriated. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, I don’t remember much from those days. Though funnily enough, I remember Memento vividly despite having major memory…

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (DI QIU ZUI HOU DE YE WAN) [2018]

Ghosts and fractured memories roam freely in this sprawling, two-part saga that tugs on the strings of time itself. We follow Hongwu Luo, a quiet, unassuming man who is looking for a lost lover and a lost friend. Puzzles pile upon puzzles in this…

THE TWO POPES [2019]

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. This story may revolve around Catholicism and its traditions and beliefs, but the film transcends this framework and, incredibly, manages to avoid any political bias. The airtight script creates a consistent, relaxed tone: the chemistry between…

IN FABRIC [2018]

There are several strands that make up  In Fabric, some making perfect sense, others incredibly disturbing –  the film uses nightmare logic, where the opposite of what makes sense is exactly what happens. To begin however, the world we see looks quite normal. A…

MARRIAGE STORY [2019]

Noah Baumbach returns to the subject of divorce after first exploring the premise in The Squid and the Whale (2005), albeit from a different perspective both within the film and himself as a writer. His new offering centres around a couple who are on…

TIFF 2019: RAF

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. A coming-of-age story with definitive art-house qualities, protagonist Raf is clearly intelligent and creative, a girl in her mid-twenties who is trapped by her lack of confidence and severe inability to be assertive. That is, until…

LUCKY [2017]

Directed by: John Carroll Lynch Written by:  Logan Sparks (screenplay), Drago Sumonja (screenplay) Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston Watching Lucky not long after Harry’s passing feels like a homage to his work. This is especially apparent given the core theme that…

THE SKELETON TWINS [2014]

  Directed by Craig Johnson, Written by Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson When the opening scene of a movie shows a woman, Maggie, staring at a handful of medication, obviously wanting out of her life, only to receive a phone call that her brother Milo…

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