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  • Wolff Von Amerongen: Did He Commit Bankruptcy Offences?
  • The White Diamond
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Like Someone in Love

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  • Predator

    ★★★★★

  • The White Diamond

    ★★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★★

  • Luck

    ★★

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  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★★

    "What the hell are you?"

    Uncanny American military imperialism. The great racialised other, whose (imagined) perennial lurking in the canopy serves to justify the continuous ramping up of the U.S. military machinery all over the globe, turns out to be a mirror image of just that military machinery. Severely underrated this the first time – this is about as tight, purposeful, and efficient as action horror comes.

  • The White Diamond

    The White Diamond

    ★★★★★

    Fourth viewing, and I'm increasingly confident in calling this an all-timer. Herzog deconstructs the form and the troubling history of the cinematic documentary before our very eyes, all while delivering a mesmerising, gorgeously otherworldly documentary in its own right. The comedy of human folly and the delusions of European humanism wrapped up in an engrossing, deeply moving tale of scientific obsession, friendship, grief, folklore, sublime nature, and postcolonial ethnography. "I cannot hear what you are saying for the thunder that you are."

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  • After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    ★★★

    Locarno Film Festival 2021 #13

    Producer, touring the set: "I must say, Monsieur Mandico, I'm impressed. You seem to have gathered the best team of set and costume designers, makeup artists, lighting technicians, and composers money can buy. This movie will look and sound like a masterpiece. Do you have a script to match this artistry?"

    Bertrand Mandico, scribbling stick figures onto a commemorative Kate Bush napkin: "A what?"

  • Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

    Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

    ★★★★

    Locarno Film Festival 2021 #9

    I'm writing this review as I'm getting ready for round two. First impression: just a blast – funny, irreverent, gloriously cool, impeccably choreographed fights, narratively all over the place in a way that makes it hard to tell whether that's a deliberate homage to 1970s genre cinema, or whether it's just a flawed script. Seek this out if you have the chance.