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Mind-f**ked by mother!
I have never liked a film so much that left me with such emotional repulsion and the need to strangle the picture with my bare hands.
I was wary of the marketing that sold mother! as somewhat of a modern Rosemary's Baby, but I was truly unprepared for what was to come.
mother! is one of the most original works of art that I have seen in years, although the velocity of Darren Aronofsky's ego can hinder the film to the point of wanky exhaustion. Nonetheless, the artistically relentless mind-f**king of his audience is astonishing, without even the courtesy of a mainstream reach around.
You may feel violated, but it will be worth it. Even if you won't admit it straight away.
Love & Friendship (2016)
Stillman and Austen stirred together in a perfectly acidic cocktail.
Whit Stillman's signature portrayal of the narcissistic upper class is a match made in heaven with Jane Austen's sharply written tale, Lady Susan.
Aside from the divine direction and screenplay, Love and Friendship features a gorgeous set design and Whit Stillman's greatest array of cast members to date.
Stephen Fry and Chloe Sevigny are often favourites of mine, although Kate Beckinsale effortlessly steals the show here, with her perfectly cunning and ruthless demeanour as the leading character, Lady Susan.
As Kate Beckinsale's portrayal of Lady Susan has "an uncanny understanding of men's natures", I can only hope that her performance has the same effect on the Academy.
Love Friendship is a 9/10 from me and has taken the lead as my favourite film of the year.
Suicide Squad (2016)
We're an average film universe, it's what we do
What Suicide Squad carries on from its trailers are the strong array of cast members and a delightfully bombastic soundtrack. If only they could spend half as much effort directing as they do on the marketing.
As Suicide Squad began, I soon realised that the target audience are those with the mindset of a goldfish with attention deficit disorder, although this does help us part ways with the cringeworthy aspects of the film.
The lively performances in Suicide Squad are what primarily save it from falling into the same bloated cesspool as Batman v Superman. Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith, all live up to my high expectations, although I was most surprised with Jai Courtney's performance, as he was able to act beyond the emotional range of wet dish cloth.
I'm neither a comic fanatic or a teenager, so obviously this film isn't for me. However, seeing as DC are desperately trying to compete with Marvel, you would think that a good film with a broad appeal wouldn't be too much to ask for.
Despite my criticisms, this is not the worst superhero film ever. However, if you have not been drafted into seeing this one with your friends, there are at least a dozen other DC films that are more worthy of your time.
Your swiftly diminished expectations for Suicide Squad aren't going to kill you, but they just might hurt you really, really bad.
I'll give this one a 5/10.