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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time


    I had no recollection I watched this film 8 years ago (and gave it the same rating I would have given it now), which speaks also about its throwaway plot. There is some humor but mostly it doesn't really translate to today (there were funnier and more charming movies in the 30s). It all boils down to the song and dance numbers which are admittedly fantastic (let's try to ignore that unfortunate blackface issue). Serves well as light entertainment and a window into a lost elegant and glamorous past.

  • Further Tales of the City

    Further Tales of the City


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

    We lost Mona (casually shipped off somewhere), the new Brian has become a surprisingly mature and likable person (and is dating Mary Ann) and the usual "crime intrigue" is a bit more interesting than in the previous parts. It's all still rather casual and light (except for the very brief insinuation regarding AIDS at the end).

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  • And Then We Danced

    And Then We Danced


    Very engaging if slightly flawed coming-out movie, featuring a marvelous performance by the lead Levan Gelbakhiani, who is actually a dancer in real life and had no previous acting experience. I loved how the director captured the feeling of a budding romance (sly glances, tender looks, happy faces) although some of the drama was a bit exaggerated (the brother f.e.). Very important movie for Georgian LGBT movement.

  • Faces



    Much more accomplished technically than Shadows, with some original directorial touches. Performances are also miles away from the amateurism of his first film. The first half is a little bit too much, almost nightmarish, being trapped in a small room with a bunch of loud, drunken assholes, but the intensity of the performances is captivating. It relaxes a bit in the second half but is still a tense experience, mostly because of the air of improvisation.