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  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    ★★★½

    The pitch: Asta Nielsen has played Mata Hari twice - now she's HAMLET! That's right... HAMLET! Can the movie starlet pull off anything?! Don't you wanna see how this turns out?

    What it actually is: Nielsen rolled up her sleeves and made a production company of her own to pull this one off. Not only is she playing Hamlet, she pretty much slaughters the play to make way for the idea of Hamlet being a woman, disguised as a man;…

  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

    Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

    ★★★★★

    We take so much for granted.

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    The first time I saw this I was eight years old. Unforgettable. I never understood why she had to go back to get the cat. Until a couple of years ago when I moved in with a girl who happened to own one. So today I'm a cat owner who's scoopin' poop on a daily basis. However, when you're that close to another life-form you really develop a bond. I'd never dream of abandoning that grumpy thing on a spaceship ready to blow with a hostile alien being the only company.

    So now, in my eyes, ALIEN really is a 100% perfect film.

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★

    After eight years, it's a bit of a letdown to find that PAN'S LABYRINTH really isn't a film about any labyrinth of Pan's but rather a film about a Spanish fascist general killing or torturing a bunch of people. In the confused moral landscape of the film, fascism seems to constitute "reality"; so I guess we're all fascists at heart, unless we live in fantasy worlds of course.

    The film is imaginative but I found it to be a bit…