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Spoiler notice: this review references minor plot points and scenarios, and gives some basic background info on the story and world of Dune, but does not spoil any twists, reveals, or major events in the plot.

Alongside No Time To Die (2021), Dune (2021) heralds the opening back up of…


Sometimes in cinema — if not often, once in a blue moon — masterpieces cleverly disguise themselves as lighthearted entertainment. They’re easy to consume, make you laugh, scare you, leave you completely entertained, but are also masterfully crafted stories that reach deep into human nature and explore its depths.

A…


Thief is the kind of film that falls short of greatness, but has unique qualities that make it a standout in its genre. …


The first A Quiet Place film, in 2018, felt like a fresh premise, generating natural suspense with its “be quiet or be eaten by weird monsters that come charging out of the woods” scenario.

The sequel shows that sometimes such premises, as good as they are first time out, are…


In my opinion, it’s a very amateurish piece. The subject was atrociously bad, and it was badly developed, but still, it allowed me to get some exposure.

— Stanley Kubrick on Killer’s Kiss

Like the other films he made before this one (three shorts and one feature), Kubrick considered Killer’s…


Ben Wheatley returns to A Field In England (2013) territory with a horror tale that takes place in the British woods. The story is propelled by dark, preternatural forces, with a hallucinogenic air. …


Psycho II is a killer sequel, expanding a universe that already felt complete and self-contained. Hitchcock films aren’t supposed to have sequels, not least by other directors… but that’s what they did, and it’s great. …


Without trying to sound dramatic, movies like Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead might pose something of an existential threat to cinema as we know it.

There is plenty of room in cinema for mediocrity. Brainless fun, too — almost endless room, actually. Films that are poorly acted and poorly…


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A man, maybe sixty or sixty-five years old, approached me on the street as I was hurrying back home. I had stopped to tie my shoes.

‘I do not want money, I do not want money.’ He began, as if trying to reassure me. …


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A basic technique of riding a motorbike is “looking ahead,” past whatever is immediately in front of you. To keep your mind focused ahead of your present surroundings a few ticks.

If you look to the road immediately in front of you while steering you will likely mess up the…

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