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  • Street Corner

    Street Corner

    ★★½

    This curiosity from 1953 is a slice-of-life drama from writer/director powerhouse Muriel Box, following a group of police officers about their duties one day. Box is particularly concerned with the women on the beat - as well as the women that cross their path. To this end, of course, we see things from 'both sides of the law', which gives Street Corner its alternative title in the US. The Blue Lamp had been an incredible financial success just three years…

  • The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone

    ★★★★★

    Yes, Letterboxd: I've watched this film before. Many times.

    Before I was into cinema in general, I was a Disney obsessive. And before I was a Disney obsessive, I was a small kid at a sleepover at my friend Joe Jones' house, sometime in the mid-to-late 80s. Perhaps to keep us out of mischief, his parents had kindly rented The Sword in the Stone on VHS, which we watched in the evening. And then we watched all over again the…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Finally able to watch the film that Letterboxd users have been telling me to watch for months and it's such an impressive film.

    To begin with, the level of artistry and confidence in the filmmaking is unparalleled. This makes it very hard to explain to others: the sequences where Marianne (played flawlessly by Noémie Merlant) paints, for example, are filled with static shots of a brush or pencil on canvas. It sounds like it should be the least cinematic thing…

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★★

    Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari was released exactly 100 years ago today, and I'd never seen it. It seemed like a pretty good opportunity, so off I went.

    I was genuinely blown away by how entertained I was by it – particularly the ending, which totally took me by surprise. I'd known for quite some time that this was a pivotal moment in cinema (and a key moment in German Expressionist movement), but despite being familiar with most…