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  • Nymph

    Nymph

    ★★

    A couple more passes at the script to iron out exactly who the main threat is and create some dramatic pay-offs for the half hour of sexual tensions we're forced to endure at the start (or just replace them with something interesting) and this could have been a decent flick. As it is, I found myself struggling to care about any of what was happening.

    Franco Nero makes a great old man of the sea though.

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    ★★½

    Ah woman, the enduring mystery that can only be unravelled by smart men taking her apart piece by piece and examining her using their rigorous, implacable logic.

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  • Jubilee

    Jubilee

    Is this shocking? Do I shock you? How about now? See how transgressive I'm being? I bet you're shocked now. What about now? This is pretty shocking, right? What about this? Are you shocked yet? How about now? Come on, admit it. You're shocked now. What about now?

    That, for 100 minutes.

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★½

    This is a glacially paced study of three desperately lonely people who all live alone in the same Taipei apartment, often at the same time.

    On a fairly superficial level, Ming-liang Tsai appears to be Taiwanese cinema's answer to Bela Tarr. We get long, stately shots of Mei, Ah-jung and Hsaio-ang going about their daily lives, sitting in bare rooms, smoking, sleeping. There are moments of deadpan humour and tenderness but the overwhelming impression is one of urban isolation. These…