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  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Witness for the Prosecution

    ★★★★★

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica #175 - Marvin Gaye's Frankenstein

    Much better. Billy Wilder's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution is classic Wilder in every shape and form. The power trio of Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, and Tyrone Power makes for an unbelievably tense court case drama. Witness for the Prosecution is smooth as butter in its pacing and is never the film to present an out of date perspective on a serious subject matter like murder and backstabbing.…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica #175 - Marvin Gaye's Frankenstein

    I'm starting to suspect that the sensual cinema of Wong Kar-wai isn't my cup of tea. After the bastardised American cut of The Grandmaster (which wasn't Kar-wai's fault), Chungking Express is destined to be the type of film that you would fall head over heels for. It looks gorgeous and is well acted, for sure. But I got bored by the floaty character building and the mere plotlessness of Kar-wai's international…

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  • Phantom

    Phantom

    ★★★½

    Week #3 of Film School Drop Outs Challenge 2017 - German Expressionism (1920 - 1927)

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    F. W. Murnau was one of the most influential directors working in the realms of silent cinema. His adaptation of Dracula, simply entitled Nosferatu is one of the most beloved horror films of 1920's, Faust is an epic folklore tale that holds up upon multiple viewings, even when he moved over to Hollywood to make Sunrise, he was still cranking…

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★★★

    Part of my 52 Films by Women Challenge! (27/52)

    My only gripe with Strange Days is that it's such a missed opportunity to not use the song 'Strange Days' by The Doors. Bad luck Bigelow, I give your cult classic an A-. Minus that cruel factor, Strange Days is an utterly spotless piece of science-fiction. From the very first shot, told from the point-of-view of a bank robber where his heist goes badly wrong, the level of skill needed to…