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  • A Screaming Man

    A Screaming Man

    ★★½

    Most of this movie is gently below-average, 2 or 3 bits are bad, and a solid handful of moments are stunning++. Haroun lets slip glimpses of real gravitas and precious delicacy, intimacy, but handles some other exchanges soo awkwardly! Seen two of his movies now, and I see the general idea, ish - his sincerity is definitely moving - but the filmmaking is just so flaccid. A couple of well-measured performances bring this up to par, but ’DIRECTED WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE’ - srsly?

  • Lili Marleen

    Lili Marleen

    Watched at Cinemateque Tangier with French subtitles, so I'm not going to bother with stars. But watching films in a foreign language without subs is a lot of fun, sometimes. It's like when being unable to see sharpens your other senses. I don't know, however, if this works as well with directors who are not Fassbinder. His filmmaking is so vivid that you can feel every narrative twist without a word's notice, and getting lost in his elegant cutting and…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I've been trying to conjure a solid reason as to why it took me so long to watch Alien and after a lengthy period of contemplation and soul searching I have realised that there is no logical explanation in the universe within our mortal framework of reason as to why I haven't come to watch this until now, as it was no less than an awesome movie-going experience for me. And when I say 'awesome', I don't mean it as…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    Not as awful as some people have made it out to be, I don't think. If you have some sentiment for the series i'm sure you'll dig Five Armies, but Jackson did teeter on the edge of fiasco too frequently with this one. We were probably all bracing ourselves for this kind of bloated slop upon hearing his plans of wringing three movies out of that book, and the resulting broadness and bluntness of this trilogy has pretty much ruined…