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  • A Story of Children and Film 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    As anyone who has seen his 15 hour series The Story of Film: An Odyssey can attest, Mark Cousins loves film. While that series had its moments of clumsiness, it never lacked passion and all that passion (plus extra helpings) can be found in the feature-length A Story of Children and Film - Cousins' look at how childhood has been depicted in cinema, particularly world cinema that audiences may not be familiar with.

    Is there anyone else as cineliterate as…

  • Dry Summer 1964

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2014 1

    Fatih Akin said that "Dry Summer is a film of passion. A passion for water as well as the obsessive passion created by forbidden love." This passion is made truly palpable thanks to the way that cinematographer Ali Ugar works with light and shadow in the rural Turkish setting. It recalls Kiyomi Kuroda's similarly impressive work on the late Kaneto Shindo's Onibaba, as well as the early films of Indian director Satyajit Ray. You can feel the heat of the…

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  • A Brighter Summer Day 1991

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2012

    A magnificent achievement, A Brighter Summer Day is a near four-hour novelistic film set in 1960s Taiwan. Xiao Si'r (played by Chen Chang in his debut role) is a member of a local gang in turmoil due to the disappearance of its leader, Bunny - whose girlfriend Si'r gets involved with. As a study of tensions within gangs, it rivals Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather but - based on a real, tragic event - it's a wholly different film that…

  • Black God, White Devil 1964

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2012 1

    Considered by many (not me) to be the greatest Brazilian film of all time, Glauber Rocha's Black God White Devil is almost certainly the most influential with Sergio Leone and Martin Scorsese being just two of the filmmakers who owe something to it. Rocha was one of the most prominent filmmakers in Brazil's Cinema Novo movement which blended together the ideals of Italian neorealism and the French New Wave. Perhaps not surprisingly, he heaped vitriol onto Mario Piexoto's surreal masterpiece…