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  • By Candlelight

    By Candlelight

    ★★★★½

    At the same time true to its stage play source and completely cinematic, especially in its use of doors as sluices controlling both visual spectacle and erotic energy. The master / servant dynamic is very funny, especially because of Paul Lukas's natural air of superiority towards his boss, but like the magnificent THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR, this is ultimately all about learning / unlearning the automatisms of romance. Although this time around it's set in a much lighter mood.…

  • Les Amours de Minuit

    Les Amours de Minuit

    ★★★★½

    Two escaped men meet on a train. One - young, nervous, curious - escaped from his boring day job, the other - lean, lanky, sleazy - from a penal colony. The train would bring the young guy directly to the harbour and to his ship bound for South America. The other one persuades him to dismount one stop earlier by promising him a night in town with lots of erotic attractions. For the young man, the train is transformed from…

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  • SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    ★★★★★

    Best action film since TIME AND TIDE. Which would've been a perfect title for this one, too. Or why not go full-blown heideggerian: SEIN UND ZEIT...

    (Also: Best telephone movie since Walton's WHEN A STRANGER CALLS.)

  • She's Funny That Way

    She's Funny That Way

    ★★★★½

    just another example of what's wrong with movies these days: birdman getting raves while this one's hardly getting noticed... kathryn hahn is a goddess.