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  • Pyaasa
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Suzaki Paradise: Red Light District
  • Bastards

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  • My Favourite Fabric

    ★★★½

  • A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk with Me a While

    ★★★★

  • American Girl

    ★★★½

  • Crumb

    ★★★★

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  • My Favourite Fabric

    My Favourite Fabric

    ★★★½

    It may not be the most memorable title (despite having just watched it, it took me a while to look it up again), but it showcases the talents of Manal Issa, who held my attention a few years before in Danielle Arbid's Peur de rien (Parisienne), in which she plays a Lebanese-French woman. This film is set in Damascus, though of course not filmed there (a glance at the names in the credits suggests fairly clearly that it was shot…

  • A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk with Me a While

    A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk with Me a While

    ★★★★

    The first of the two films told a fairly straightforward story, but well, about a community theatre trying to prevent their funding being cut and keep the local council on-side, under threat from money and property hungry gentrifiers. This second part takes the same characters and does something rather stranger, with little surreal interludes and moments of performance that infiltrate through everyday life, as the company stages a run of Hecuba. It's all rather abstract and a bit abstruse in…

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  • Urban Rashomon

    Urban Rashomon

    ★★★½

    It seems to me that a lot of photographer/director Khalik Allah's work is about the ethics of documenting poverty. In this short piece we see him capturing images of a street person called Frenchie, while the director reflects in voiceover about his borderline exploitative relationship with his subject. It's a film of beautiful images but also is very upfront about the ways in which representation is manipulation and exploitation, which is refreshing.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★½

    In some ways, when I watch something like Vice (or indeed, writer/director Adam McKay's last film The Big Short), I think of David O. Russell's American Hustle or even the flashier Martin Scorsese of, say, Wolf of Wall Street, both of which films I broadly liked (although I'm cooling on the Russell over time). I think there's a lot of common ground, as comedic renderings of modern society in all its gaudiness and compromised politics, and perhaps there's a fine…