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  1. Looks a lot like Gaslit, the TV show from earlier this year. It was about the same people - Liddy, Dean, Mitchell etc. Watergate nostalgia is a powerful thing.
  2. Great stuff from Argentina. They should eat Croatia.
  3. Good half there. Big fan of the referee firing out cards all over the place.
  4. Absolute quality. Thank god for that.
  5. Drive My Car https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14039582/ A renowned stage actor and director learns to cope with his wife's unexpected passing when he receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima. This is a long film (three hour run-time) based on a short-story. It's told in 6 languages (including Korean sign-language) and spans 2 years. A theatre actor discovers his wife is having an affair, before he can confront her she dies. He's destroyed with guilt and grief and seems to be drifting aimlessly until he is asked to direct a play in Hiroshima. The film then follows him as he auditions actors for the roles, develops the staging, manages relationships etc all while still grieving his wife. When he starts his work he is surprised to learn that the job comes with a driver who will bring him to and from the theatre every day. At first their relationship is a bit strained but the slowly become friends and they start to discuss their pasts. Every support character is well-written and every story plays out in a satisfying way. I know the above isn’t really selling this film but I think it’s the best thing I’ve watched this year. The slow pace let’s everything reveal itself gradually but at just the right speed. The cast are all excellent, it looks amazing - all empty streets at night, beautiful interiors and nice Japanese countryside - there’s a great soundtrack and a perfect ending. 5/5
  6. Nothing better than seeing those dog-shit penalties batted away - anyone doing one of those staggered, walk-ups should be ashamed at this stage.
  7. Quality from Giroud all the same. Pity Poland couldn't take one of their chances.
  8. Watched a new one on Shudder last night A Wounded Fawn. The set-up is pretty basic, a woman heads off to a remote cabin with a guy she just met and things quickly go south. There's a standard serial-killer vs. victim scenario for a bit then it takes a wild swerve and becomes something much more interesting. It's hard to write much about this without ruining it but I had a blast with it. It was definitely made with a super-low budget but they do a lot with it and the few locations they have. There's some great, schlocky practical effects and impressive performances from the 2 leads. I know the last 20 minutes will be pretty divisive but I loved it. 3.75/5
  9. Yeah, that’s true. Still a trash call from the referee.
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