Favorite films

  • Belle de Jour
  • Walkabout
  • Effi Briest
  • The Idiots

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  • Halloween Kills

  • The Velvet Underground

    ★★★★

  • Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    ★★★

  • Hollow Man

    ★★★

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  • Irma la Douce

    Irma la Douce

    ★★

    This is the first bad Wilder I've ever seen. It is quite bad.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★

    It always seemed like a terrible idea to remake Suspiria. Guadagnino's version is, for the most part, extraordinarily dull. Its also weighed down by an incredible sense of self-importance. The cast equip themselves well and there's a couple of interesting scenes, but this woefully misconceived film is close to being a disaster.

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  • In My Skin

    In My Skin

    ★★★★★

    Superb body-horror. De Van exhibits terrific formal imagination and searing intellect. She is also magnificent and utterly fearless in the lead role. This has been classed as part of the New French Extremism movement from the early 2000s but it stands out as being very much a film that plays by its own rules (not to say other films often classed under that term don't - particularly Breillat's).

    It certainly has some horrifically stomach-churning moments, but it is much more…