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  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Quiet Man
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • The Tree of Life

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  • All the Mornings of the World

  • My Blueberry Nights

  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

  • About Time

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  • Kingdom of Heaven

    Kingdom of Heaven

    The most impressive of Ridley Scott's revisionist epics, Kingdom of Heaven shows a profound lack of understanding of what the Crusades (and Christendom, for that matter) where really about. One character summarizes this error quite well: ''At first I thought we were fighting for God, but then I realized we were fighting for wealth and land.'' Notice how nonsensical the sentence is once you think about it for more than a second; a small desert country, that has always been very…

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    The Adventures of Tintin

    What a joy it is to revisit this film. You will have to forgive me for waxing lyrical about it; like thousands and thousands of kids in continental Europe I grew up with the comic books (I literally learned how to read with them), and like most of them I also wanted to be a gun-carrying intrepid journalist that somehow never aged.

    The Adventures of Tintin is not a perfect movie, but it is in no way average, as the…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    Hans Zimmer must be stopped at all costs.

  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III

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    Any problems or defects people adscribe (unfairly, in my opinion) to Part III are more than redeemed by the pure, unfiltered emotion of it all and the virtuosic craft of Coppola and Willis. The confession scene is extraordinary, honest filmmaking.

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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Is there a better film about the modern masculine malaise? Le Carré was always very open about the fact that his spy stories could be read as metaphors for the corporate environment and, I would add, the modern world in general ("Nothing is genuine anymore!"). Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scrutinises wasted, grey men, once virile and purposeful ("It was the war, Connie" "A real war. Englishmen could be proud, then"), immersed in degrading and futile enterprises, constantly betrayed by friends…