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  • Strike
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Bitter Rice

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  • Wings

    ★★★

  • Chariots of Fire

    ★★

  • Encanto

    ★★½

  • Floating Weeds

    ★★★

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  • Wings

    Wings

    ★★★

    "I'm as much American as you!"

    Stylistically Wings has withstood the test of time exceptionally well due to its emphasis on visual storytelling. There is an admirably robust visual language communicating characterisation, emotion, and later utilised effectively to convey the intensity of war. This is scarcely distracted by inter-titles as they are used sparingly, their utility come primarily as a necessity or to emphasise information conveyed via the visuals. Wings has respect for the value of cinematography and montage, and…

  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    ★★

    "What we need now is a muscular Christian to make folks sit up and notice"

    Embodies many of the traits which have led me to avoid those quintessential classics of British cinema. The film is best characterised as overly reserved, as it has a hard time articulating conflict. Emotions always simmering but never shown. This quality encapsulated by a script simultaneously too straight-forward but also always belaboured, there is a lot of dialogue but not a lot is said and…

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★

    The Red Turtle could have been named amongst some of the greatest animated movies ever made had it ended approximately 40 minutes in. What was at one point an intensely emotional and profound exploration of human resilience and our conflict with nature, almost at once completely goes to trash at the introduction of a second character.

    (As it happens midway through the film this could be considered a spoiler however what I am going to discuss as the downfall of…

  • Terrorizers

    Terrorizers

    March Around The World 2016 | Film 17 | Taiwan

    "Don't take it too seriously"

    An utterly tedious slog through cryptic prose, two hours worth of absolutely nothing besides subtextual meaning one feels so obliged to project onto it.

    The film never truly seems too interested in developing anything at all palpable. The small cast of characters seem to meander around, occasionally crossing paths, breaking up, reconvening, in a manner so nonchalant and meaningless that narrative feels more like a…