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  • Midsommar



    The opening exposition is rather ponderous and I found the acting mediocre in the early stages, but this improved from the time they arrived in Sweden, with sweeping drive up somewhat reminiscent of The Shining. It was interesting to see an actor I liked from something similar—Will Poulter, who was in Black Mirror’s interactive Bandersnatch—alongside an actor from something very different—William Jackson Harper, who plays another academic in the The Good Place, which is excellent but as a comedy is…

  • The Unknown

    The Unknown


    The Unknown (1927) is a strange little nightmare of a film that has little by way of substance but manages to be quite disturbing nonetheless. Not wishing to spoil its brief contents I will not reveal much, only that, like his later Freaks (1932), Browning's film centres around jealousy in a circus. These two films (the only Browning I've seen) make me think of him as a bit of a proto-Cronenberg, as both represent an early type of body horror.…

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  • Crisis



    Although it would be difficult for this film or any film to compare to the masterpieces of Bergman's later career, Crisis remains a staggering directorial debut, showcasing many of the concerns, themes, and strengths of his later work.

    One one level it is a contrast between invidious city and innocent countryside, and therefore might superficially be compared to Sunrise. In his first film, however, Bergman has already far surpassed any such shallow morality play, diving straight into the depths of…

  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark


    I delayed in seeing this for a long time because I found The Idiots so unpalatable and so unrewarding, though I've enjoyed most of the other von Trier films I've seen. My primary thought whilst watching this is that it succeeds in doing much of what French film in the 50s and 60s failed to do; it's a European view of America via Hollywood crime films and musicals, but the difference from Godard and Demy is that this film actually…