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  • Witness for the Prosecution

    ★★★★½

  • The Fly

    ★★★★½

  • The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

  • Crumb

    ★★★★★

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  • The Wild Child

    The Wild Child

    ★★★★½

    François Truffaut’s "The Wild Child," or "L'Enfant sauvage" as it is often known in parts of the world by its original French title, is the story of the feral child who lived in the forests of the Aveyron district in Southern France, abandoned at a very young age and now approaching teenage years unable to read, write or speak. His achievement at having survived almost ten deserted years in the wilderness is remarkable, independently fending for himself against hungry wolves…

  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    ★★★★½

    From an elementary perspective the rational narrative events of the slight plot encased in Éric Rohmer’s "The Aviator’s Wife" give the impression of being simplistically comprehended. We are presented with one woman juggling a past and current lover, both of whom are tormenting her present fragile quandary, and we have one man caught exactly between two different women in regards to his age, but pining for the riskier option. In a lot of movies like this, the actions taken by…

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  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Witness for the Prosecution

    ★★★★½

    It may only be a matter of time before sensitivity readers vet their way through the complete works of Agatha Christie and, for what it is worth, I ponder how many lines of dialogue in Billy Wilder's adaptation of Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" might be bowdlerised by the equivalent gatekeepers of sensitive viewing. One cannot watch the film without noticing extensive disparaging and offensive references to the nation of Germany and its citizens, and more frequently a palpable bias…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    ‘With their frankly uterine shapes and vulviform glass doors,’ propagates theorist Helen Robbins about the pods of this scientist's teleportation device, they are ‘clear womb simulacra.’ I have heard many put forth the analogy that writing a novel is the closest someone without a vaginal opening can come to giving birth: you conceive the idea, you nourish it for months and, without an epidural aid, you finally find the strength to release your baby into the world. Once delivered, you…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    In-the-zone (adjective) : in a mental state of focused concentration on the performance of an activity, in which one dissociates oneself from distracting or irrelevant aspects of one’s own environment.

    The Zone is the destination for these figures, serving as a site of potential promise for those civilians hopelessly dissatisfied with their environment. This abandoned, quarantined venue is fraught with danger and uncertainty; they who have passed into its realm have rarely returned to reveal the secrets of their unique…

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

    On the sixth day God created mankind, but why was he having such a bad day refining his cosmos? Before the homecoming queen picture frame of murdered school girl Laura Palmer rigidly remained counteracting the infected lives of a "Twin Peaks" community supplanted by evil, David Lynch opened (and closed) his version of "The Elephant Man" with a photographic image of the eponymous figure's mother. She had the face of an angel, this son remarks to a listener. He laments…