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  • Peppermint Soda

    Peppermint Soda

    ★★★★

    Diane Kurys 1977 film appears frequently on lists of forgotten French cinema, equally on lists naming female directors worthy of note.
    Peppermint Soda (Diabolo Menthe) follows thirteen-year-old Anne and fifteen-year-old Frederique as they navigate their way through a strict Parisian school in 1963. The girls live in an apartment with their mother, seeing their estranged father only on holidays. Anne is failing at school, an intelligent girl that carries the weight of her parents divorce. Her group of charismatic friends…

  • The Silent Partner

    The Silent Partner

    ★★★★

    Take the average heist set-up and subvert it with morally complex atypical characters, unfamiliar locations and the considerable appeal of three unconventional Hollywood stars and you're on to a winner.
    One of the great discoveries of Letterboxd, The Silent Partner is a little known Canadian gem, one I shall whole-heartedly recommend to others.
    Elliott Gould plays a bank teller named Miles Cullen, that foresees an opportunity to ingest some much need excitement into his dull life. Susannah York's, Julie Carver…

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  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★★

    To watch a film that's held up to be one of the all time greats is a daunting task, however Sunrise, more than lived up to the weight of my expectation. German expressionist director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust) made Sunrise for the Fox Film corporation in 1927 and it proved a milestone of artistic and technical innovation.
    Murnau, a director open to experimentation employed the Fox Movietone sound-on-film system, as a consequence Sunrise became one of the first films…

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★½

    Utterly brilliant emo-teen, body swap, comet-drama from animation studio CoMix Wave Films. The animation is extraordinary, the emotional impact of the narrative is awesome, the characters are brilliant, the plot, a deeply engaging identity crisis, coming of age tale has an originality rarely found in modern film.
    There's one flashback sequence, that uses a sketchy, minimal drawing style, backed by electronic music, that is so great I was lost for words. The soundtrack is cheesy yet perfect, as is the direction and voice acting. A tale told with an elegant vernacular, unique to Japanese culture that's quite simply magical.