Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) | Film Review

I love Harry Potter. The magical world has always been one of my favourite spaces to retreat to, however, this film did not entice me to see it. Everything from the trailers to the cast, and the lack of lore behind it, made me feel “eh” about the whole experience. And after the disappointment of The Cursed Child, I did not want to suffer more, luckily, it was not disappointing, and there is a lot of potential for future features. 

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Doctor Strange (2016) | Film Review

I wan’t quite as excited for this movie as many others were, mostly because of the changes in characters and deviation I saw from the comics, however, it had Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, so it was bound to be good. Right? Well. Sort of. I forgot to even add it to my “Seen” list and do a review. Ouchie. 

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The Neon Demon (2016) | Film review

The Neon Demon is a psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Elle Fanning. I haven’t seen many of Winding Refn’s films, but they are on my list ( Drive and Only God Forgives), my one hope is that they are quite different to this one. It is not that the film was bad, or too complicated to understand, it is simply that it showed a harsh reality of the modelling industry, and it mixed it with cannibalism and rape, it pushed certain buttons it did not need, and it seemed too much in the end. A valid point for dislike? Nope, which is why everyone should see it and make up their own mind. 

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Melancholia (2011) | Film Review

Melancholia was written and directed by Lars von Trier, and starts Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters in the middle of the wedding of Justine (Dunst), all the while a planet is closely coming towards Earth, to collide and possibly end all human life. With fantastic cinematography by Manuel Alberto Claro, and music from my favourite Richard Wagner’s opera, Tristan und Isolde, we are given a story that observes the slowness of time as experienced by people with depression.  

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Pan’s Labyrinth(2006)| Film Review

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El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Labyrinth of the Faun)
Directed and written by Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Álex Angulo.
Music by Javier Navarrete
Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro

When I first saw this masterpiece, I did not truly appreciate how great it was. It wasn’t until I kept thinking about the film months and months after I had first seen it that it became clear a re-watch was necessary. And with this re-watch I was able to recognize the potency the movie possesses. Ever since then, every time I see it again I get something new out of it, few modern movies can claim such a privilege.

“Because it is in pain that we find the meaning of life.”

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