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  • The Star Chamber

    The Star Chamber

    ★★★½

    Michael Douglas in his element as the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water. Interesting, intense, yet lacking the depth to excuse its overly reliance on cartoonish characters. 10/10 for Yaphet Kotto .

  • And Soon the Darkness

    And Soon the Darkness

    ★★★★

    Tense, and surprisingly multilayered, And Soon the Darkness keeps you guessing until the very end and long after. Thanks to the claustrophobic storytelling and my rusty school-french I only half-understood half of the sparse dialogue, which really added to the constant guessing and doubting any character's motivation.

    Wonderful proof that to make a great movie, you don't need a lot.

    4/5

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  • Alucarda

    Alucarda

    ★★★★

    Ken Russell directs Heavenly Creatures with set design by Peter Greenaway and nuns provided by Coil. An 8/10.

  • Windows

    Windows

    ★★★★

    "I had been appalled and fascinated by the statistics coming out of South Africa - political prisoners pushed out of windows, with fatuous excuses like they slipped on a bar of soap, they thought it was the door, etc. I built that into a fiction, trying to find all the possible reasons why anybody might fall out of a window, and compressed it into 3 1/2 minutes and set these appalling facts up against a very idyllic landscape in order…