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  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    I love les films Dardennes, but I couldn't help but wonder if they were taking the realist piss a bit, by basically repeating the same conversation c. 15 times. Cotillard and the cotillion are an easy watch but this could have done more, surely?

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata 1978

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Mar, 2016

    No danger of this film failing the Bechdel test. The setup made me desperately root for nothing bad to happen during this mother-daughter reunion. How dashed that was. Bergman and Bergman do odd things with the fourth wall here, and the dialogue has a staged quality, but it's all to the greater effect of drama. A film I doubt I'll ever watch again, but for all the right reasons.

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  • M

    M 1931

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2012 2

    The whole film is excellent - some of the strange idiosyncrasies of the new talkie film era, such as overdubbing and silent outdoor scenes, work unusually in its favour even to a modern day audience. The set-up, children singing in the street about a murderer whose presence looms over them, is a masterclass, and its depiction of the whole town, suffering under this wicked spell, is something that has been emulated throughout film history. But the film is a standout…

  • Time of the Wolf

    Time of the Wolf 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Aug, 2012

    Another review of this I read said (roughly) "about as much fun as you'd expect a Haneke post-apocalypse movie to be, i.e. no fucking fun at all" and I can't really put it better than that.