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  • Heimat
  • The Last of England
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Cabaret

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  • Eroica

    ★★★½

  • The Great War

    ★★★★

  • Brimstone and Treacle

    ★★★½

  • A View from a Hill

    ★★½

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  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What kicks this up a notch from being a good film to a great film for me is the scene where Monty pressurises his best friend Frank into beating him up so he'll be less attractive to sexual predators in prison, while their close friend Jake looks on. What could have been an opportunity to indulge in sensationalist violence under cover of a superficial 'examination' of machismo and masculinity becomes a wrenching and emotional scene, extremely hard to watch not…

  • Lichtspiel: Opus I

    Lichtspiel: Opus I

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    1001 films that will reward your time boxd.it/1FRRk (9th edition 2021).

    At the birth of cinema, all films were experimental films, yet for a medium emerging in an era of rapid technological change and modernist thinking, the content of mainstream film-making rapidly succumbed to melodramatic Victorian moralising. While there were early examples of artists using the medium deliberately to challenge conventional ideas of representation and reality (Émile Cohl is an example: see Fantasmagorie (1908)), it wasn’t until the ‘rules’ of…