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Beats
Beats (2019)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Beats is a heartfelt, fun and incredibly raw at times. It manages to be able to balance it's upbeat sense of fun and freedom with it's portrayal of lower class lives and abusive relationships in Scotland. The real triumph of the film is the chemistry between the two leads who give fantastic debut performances, especially McDonald who expertly pairs the vulnerability as a result of his abusive home life with his infectious, happy go lucky personality. It allows both views in terms of the clashing lifestyles and morals between the adult world of responsibility and correction and the younger, more "free-spirited" type of behaviour. Welsh directs effectively and tales a few risks that pay off, the psychedelic scene at the rave being one of them. Black and White compliments the bleak communities and surroundings of the characters beautifully and it's shot very impressively. A great little film that has good emotional pay-offs and lets you value friendships.

Tag
Tag (2018)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

For a comedy with a goofy premise Tag didn't make me laugh nearly as much as it could've or should've. It's sweet to a point but the sweetness can't carry it through the whole film as the premise wears thin after about an hour. It's more boring than anything and It didn't deliver the fun it seems to promise with the story line. The real life footage at the end was actually one of the best parts of the film and when that's the case, you're doing something wrong.

Leave No Trace
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A slow burner that tests your patience but ultimately blows your emotions out the water, Leave no trace is a tragic, layered film about belonging, mental health, family, laws and rules. The two central actors give incredible performances, Foster gently expressing his Will's PTSD and inability to accept structure and meandering in his life - he has to keep going or he will stop to think about how unhappy he is. You would've thought Thomasin Mckenzie really lived in the forest as she gives a heartbreaking, hollow performance as she discovers she actually wants a more structured life but doesn't know how to achieve it due to her loyalty and single mindedness towards her father and what he says. The ending sequence is heartbreaking and the ambiguous note satisfies. One of the years very best.

Boyz n the Hood
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Singleton's untimely death prompted me to finally watch Boyz n the hood and i'm so glad i did. Singleton directs incredibly as he pin pointedly conveys the struggles of black communities and violence between black people. His character development is really accurate and effective as I found myself caring about all the characters i needed to care about and despise the ones who had problems with the central community despite them all being involved in similar activities. Laurence Fishburne especially connected with me as he portrays someone who can make a long lie for themselves despite being around violence all his life. This is a sad, breathtaking, seminal film.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm a big fan of the John Wick franchise and chapter 3 does not disappoint. John Wick has seemed to breathe new life into the action genre to which I'm usually a bit sceptical of as to whether I will enjoy. What it lacks in plot it more than makes up for with stunningly choreographed action sequences that don't let you breath for a second. It looks more like they're dancing as the inventive settings and assassinations take your breath away with the skill and precision involved. I found the ending to be wholly satisfying and I'm sure there's going to be a John Wick 4 which I will wholeheartedly embrace.