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February 2020.

Been extraordinarily busy over the last month with Uni work. My Dissertation on Michael Bay has turned into torture, one word, one explosion, one fucked-frame at a time. On top of that is the usual deadlines and life crap thrown my way.

As such, I haven’t been to the cinema to see new releases as much as I wanted to. I will catch up in the summer, but have only seen a few and as such means this is just a round-up post.

Kang-ho Song, Ik-han Jung, Hyun-jun Jung, Joo-hyung Lee, Ji-hye Lee, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Myeong-hoon Park, Keun-rok Park, Hye-jin Jang, Woo-sik Choi, Seo-joon Park, So-dam Park, Jeong-eun Lee, and Ji-so Jung in Gisaengchung (2019)

PARASITE (Bong Joon-ho)

Honestly, I don’t know what else I can say that hasn’t already been said. This is the most worthy Oscar winner, Bong Joon-ho is the most worthy Oscar winner in a very, very long time.

The films themes are perfectly, horribly apt to modern society.

Killer performances from everyone.

Just go see it.

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THE LIGHTHOUSE (Robert Eggers)

I have been raving about THE VVITCH since its release in 2015, and I can honestly say that this is a pretty worthy followup. The 4:3, black and white texture is utterly haunting and beautiful in equal measure.

The two performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are great, one couldn’t work without the other. It is baffling that neither were recognised in Awards season.

Some say that this is a horror film, a fantasy, a thriller, a period piece or a drama. But it is a sea-shanty, you can feel the sea and smell the salt in the air. Coleridge would’ve loved this.

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BAIT (Mark Jenkin)

Strictly speaking a 2019 release, but I only got round to watch it this month. I am pretty annoyed at myself I didn’t catch this in its 9(!) week run at the Watershed, but hey-ho.

A film which goes one further with the 4:3, black and white texture. Set in a Cornish fishing village, the film touches on gentrification, the polarity of rich and poor, and the struggles of grief.

Funny, touching and beautiful to look at, BAIT is a British film which feels British and could only come from Cornwall.

A huge recommendation.

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