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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Has it happened eventually? Have I just seen the first Christopher Nolan film that I didn't immediately latch onto completely and disappear into without any doubts about its overall quality? 

    As a fan of his work, it is to be expected that the first viewing of his films aren't what you'd call a walk in the park and Tenet is perhaps the ultimate distillation of that fact and the most Christopher Nolan film that Christopher Nolan has ever made — which both has…

  • Victoria

    Victoria

    ★★★★★

    I'm a sobbing, broken mess and all my fears that I wouldn't experience this magnificent film in the same powerful way I did in the cinema five years ago are washed away. From the first scene, in which we meet the multi-faceted character Victoria, I was transfixed again.

    She's alone, in a city that's foreign to her and she has been there for three months. She ran away from a life where people had told her to give up on her dream…

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  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★

    Quite the double meaning this title brings with it and I considerably enjoyed this more as part of my current film noir marathon than I did when I first saw it some years ago.

    Richard Widmark was quite a character actor and this one here is another great addition to his work that, spoilers ahead, even manages to find a pretty happy ending and he even gets the girl, which is perhaps the most unique thing about this more common…

  • No Way Out

    No Way Out

    ★★★★½

    I seem to be picking the right kinds of film noir stories lately as this one yet again gave me something I hadn't seen before in this combination and it is as utterly impactful today, 71 years later, as it must have been watching this when it came out originally.

    There's racial tension at the center of this story about the first black doctor in an otherwise all-white hospital except for the elevator operators (to think that was ever a…

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  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    ★★★★

    An Indonesian rape and revenge film that somehow feels less exploitative and more grounded than comparable genre-fare. Also, it's not as visually dark and depressing as one might expect from such material but rather glary.

    It's definitely a mood-piece because the film relies heavily on its images along Marlina's journey and is therein definitely akin to the western genre, which also applies to the plot, which is pretty straightforward and without too many twists or turns. Some might take away…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    This film shouldn't work.

    The title basically tells you exactly what kind of a story you're in for. It brings a plethora of expectations with it and, even if you just heard the trailer during previews you'll have picked up on a couple of spoilery details and of course there's a lot of invisibility lore to draw from under the guise of this title (a lore, which I'll actually plan to catch up on, courtesy of an Invisible Man films…