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  • Drive My Car
  • Seven Samurai
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Sherlock, Jr.

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  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

  • Throne of Blood

    ★★★★½

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  • Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands

    Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands

    ★★★½

    This is better! It doesn't feel like imitation in the way that its predecessor so often does - maybe that's a testament to Refn maturing as a filmmaker in the interim between the two installments.

    Mikkelsen does a LOT of the heavy lifting here. I am big on Edvard Munch (this is going somewhere I promise!) We all know The Scream, of course, and actually Mikkelsen, with his shaven head and angular cheekbones, sort of does resemble its wailing figure…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★½

    I haven't seen this in a while, but I watched a clip of it today with my dad (he's a film studies teacher, it's on the syllabus) and was startled by quite how vivid the film as a whole remains in my mind. I haven't watched it in full for months. Trying to recall it conjures that very specific feeling wherein you cast your mind back to a childhood memory and wonder if you can really, genuinely remember it, or…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Start is 😳🙊😖🤤🥵 end is 😭😞💔🫂🥲

  • Throne of Blood

    Throne of Blood

    ★★★★½

    What's so startling about this film is how it is at once reassuringly familiar and unnervingly foreign. We know where the story is going, but how we're going to get there is uncertain.
    Some truly incredible sequences in this. The prophecy scenes stand out as amongst some of the best work of Kurosawa's career

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★

    Cool, stylish, and totally hollow. Delves into deeply problematic territory and has nothing new to say about any of it

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    The film entirely responsible for my love of cinema, this remains stupefyingly fantastic - a ludicrous, delightful confection of a film always at risk of folding in on itself like a collapsed choux pastry.
    I would argue that even detractors of Anderson's signature style might find it justified here, given that the bulk of the narrative is a man fictionalising his own life, transfiguring what is actually a rather miserable story plagued by war and death into a rollicking adventure…