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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Roma
  • Blade Runner

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  • To Joy

    ★★★½

  • She Said

    ★★★½

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★½

  • Performance

    ★★★★★

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  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece (Top 1-3 of the year quality)

    Perhaps it is the taste of mortal danger that comes with Jeffrey’s father’s illness that motivates his new macabre interests. It certainly at least opens a gap in his life for a new patriarchal figure to step in, tantalising Jeffrey with the prospect of something darker and more exciting lurking beneath Lumberton’s artificial small-town veneer. Bit by bit, the layers of a mystery behind a severed human ear he finds in an open…

  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece (Top 1-3 of the year quality)

    There is a whimsical horror threaded through Fanny and Alexander that only its ten-year-old protagonist grapples with – at least to begin with. He gazes at his toy paper theatre illuminated by nine flickering candles, before wandering around an exquisitely cluttered apartment draped in red, green, and gold fabrics, framing him like a lost child in a world of endless possibilities. He calls out to his family’s maids, but no one replies. The…

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  • Out of Sight

    Out of Sight

    ★★★★½

    Must-See (Top 4-6 of the year quality)

    The artistic reach of Pulp Fiction can be felt on an immense scale through the decades of cinema since its release in 1994, and yet it is just as fascinating to study its immediate cinematic offspring born of Quentin Tarantino’s hyper-stylised editing and non-linear structure. Out of Sight might feel familiar in this sense, and yet it is never derivative, demonstrating Steven Soderbergh’s mastery of an art form that is constantly reinventing itself…

  • It Rains on Our Love

    It Rains on Our Love

    ★★★½

    Recommend (Outside top 10 of the year quality)

    Ingmar Bergman screenplays are rarely so blunt as they were during his first few years of filmmaking where character dynamics tilted towards melodrama, and yet his second feature, It Always Rains on Our Love, wraps up its candid message of acceptance in a surprisingly sweet, magical realist fable. Perhaps if it came out even a year later, one might have even been tempted to draw a direct line of influence from It’s…

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  • M

    M

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece (Top 1-3 of the year quality)

    Even apart from its colossal influence on police procedurals and crime movies, M is an incredible achievement of narrative, lighting, and mise-en-scene. It may be somewhat surprising to our modern sensibilities that it was such a controversial film upon its release. It isn't its bluntness that makes it such a provocative film though, but rather its masterful use of subtext and signifiers to understand the mind of a reprehensible child killer. From the…

  • Poker Face

    Poker Face

    ★½

    I have never seen a poker game or home invasion with less tension.