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  • The Life of Jesus

    The Life of Jesus

    ★★½

    Objectively a nicely shot film with some Lynne Ramsey-esque attention to detail and moments of economic story telling such as the aArah family receiving abuse shown with a close up of the father holding his sons wrist as he clenches his fist in anger at the abuse. All good stuff.

    But the protagonist was such a repulsive person, familiar to me in a way that gave me flashbacks to being bullied in my youth. He was despicable, abussive to woman,…

  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★½

    I can see that Le Samari and Grosse Point Blank we’re influenced by this. The fun dealer was a great character.

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  • The Great Train Robbery

    The Great Train Robbery

    5 movies into cinema history and we have two robbery movies (this and Sherlock Holmes baffled). Criminality clearly inspires filmakers even in the early days. Why?
    The first on screen murder on my journey into film history.

    Shot entirely in wides except the famous final moment with the close of of the cowboy shooting at the camera (goodfellas). Watching the robbery’s play out unbroken was hypnotic. Waiting for the robbers to enter an empty frame was tense.

    Watching the robbers…

  • The Young and the Damned

    The Young and the Damned

    ★★★★★

    A brutal realist film with the occasional surrealist imagery. A real step up from previous Buñuel films. The main boy is a nasty piece of work.