Review: Julieta

Watching the world through Almodovar’s eyes through the years has always been a unfaltering honor and immeasurable pleasure; for that alone, I feel privileged. But even so, even with all the love and unashamed, favorable predisposition towards his movies, I had no clue as to how much Julieta would impress me. With the superb framing and […]

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Review: Frantz

The Good: Strong, unyielding performances were to be enjoyed by all – especially the ladies, and even more particular, Cyrielle Claire who graces our screens for mere minutes but still manages to demand our admiration all the same. The cinematography, in parts, is tremendous, with beautiful, natural backdrops and framing worthy of a master. The […]

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Review: Suntan

Argyris Papadimitropoulos is an okay director, nothing spectacular, we knew that already. Makis Papadimitriou already proved himself in the recent Chevalier so I wasn’t too worried about him. Elli Trigkou, a newcomer, an a priori 50-50 of potential. The subject matter well-overused; a man confronted by his own fleeting youth and crushing loneliness falls ridiculously […]

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Review: The Hollars

I could nitpick and find a trillion faults with this movie. The direction lacks any sort of inspiration, letting the viewer actually “feel” the passive way Krasinski chooses to go about treating the all-star cast. Thankfully, most of the actors seem to know what they’re doing so, albeit lukewarm directorially, the performances somewhat save the day. […]

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Review: The Salesman

Without it yet being an actual problem, watching this felt like Asghar Farhadi has become a bit too self-aware, dangerously close to falling into the black hole of his own creativity. A tad too stylized, a lashing too structured, The Salesman is still a profoundly personal movie, anthropocentric to almost a fault without ever crossing […]

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Review: Split

Here I am, about to disagree with the popular view again. Watching this did not make me think Shyamalan is “back”, or has vastly improved or something along those lines. If anything, it all strikes me as a tad ‘samey’. Even on the back of good cinematography, the movie itself suffers from atmospheric deprivation, ill-timed […]

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Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

It starts off great; clever writing, beautiful cinematography, likable characters, witty, off-beat humour. It strongly reminded me of a more adult, ‘WesAndersony’ version of Pixar’s UP which, given the fact that film ranks so high in my mind, is definitely not a bad thing. This movie looked stunning, it had things to say and I […]

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Review: Fences

Simply echoing what so many people have astutely pointed out already — this is not a well-rounded stage-to-screen adaptation. By adhering to the palcosenico’s static nature, the film ends up feeling devoid of progression, making it rather difficult for the viewer to connect to the characters that, on the whole, are simply not likeable. Failing to […]

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Review: The Handmaiden

I’m sure no one needs another voice in this roaring crowd echoing that this is a truly good movie. Sadly, it didn’t reach masterpiece levels for me but not on account of the story itself or the performances. To my surprise, eventually, it was the third act that tired me. I found The Handmaiden solidly filmed, […]

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Review: La La Land

To boot, I loved almost all the separate components of the film individually but I didn’t love the resulting bundle. Aesthetically, my eyes were gently caressed with beauty for the full duration of the movie and for that I’m most appreciative. Ryan Gosling is his usual, immaculate self, succeeding in gracing us with yet another stunning performance […]

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Review: Suicide Squad

By The Greek Colourful, vibrant, flamboyant and… bad. I mean… Transformers bad. No, not even, since this had potential to boot. Jared Leto’s grinning face has plagued us for months. He was everywhere; social media, ads, trailers, tributes, dolls, bobbleheads, posters, clothes — the cleverly marketed, entirely fabricated hype proved successful in its dictation. People […]

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Review: The Light Between Oceans

By The Greek Fassbender lacking his usual, hypnotic tension. Vikander completely devoid of the oomph that I so adore in her performances. The theme is strong, the layout simple. Yet the story never truly begins. The sloppy writing and chopped flow quickly result into erratically spoon-feeding the viewer unnecessary information when there are far more […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Sixteen

by The Greek. At first glance, not a Christmas film by any means, The Godfather trilogy is what I consider a skeleton key of an epic that can be viewed and thoroughly enjoyed throughout the day, year, moods and epochs by adults and, yes, children alike. The dramatic violence is there to shake you but […]

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The Darker Side of Christmas And The Things NOT Better Left Unsaid

There is comfort in sadness, trust me I know. It often becomes familiar, an old lover’s arms wrapping around you like a worn-out blanket smelling of better times, a mother’s all-engulfing embrace lacing threads of warmth into your soul. A kiss on the forehead, a moment’s silence amidst the deafening, the sadness becomes a drug […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day One

The holiday season. Christmas, the looming newborn year, a time to rejoice, indulge, appreciate the finer details, the things that matter. And reflect. Stop for a breather, take a look around, acknowledge your fortunes and grant your soul a cushioned moment to celebrate everything you have and are, all you’ve achieved, how far you’ve really […]

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Film Breathes — Therefore It Lives

Perhaps feeling a tad more filmic and nostalgic than normal, or I just caught her a a moment of clarity, I was lucky enough to be allowed to publish this extremely poignant, thought-provoking piece from my very own wife, The Greek. The marvel by my side poured her thoughts on the page on how we […]

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