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  • Flash Gordon
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Shortbus
  • Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

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  • Umberto D.

    ★★★★★

  • The Road Dance

    ★★★½

  • Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s)

    ★★½

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★★½

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  • Death Hunt

    Death Hunt

    ★★★★

    Set across November 1931 into the new year of 1932, Death Hunt has the trappings of a western: Charles Bronson as the lead, a town store, crowded watering hole, settlers establishing themselves in the wilderness, lawmen, drinking by the fire in the night, gunfights, explosions, a menace killing across the town, a First Nations woman who sleeps with one of the white men. Rather than the desert, the terrain is instead snowy mountains. Released and set more than a decade after…

  • Late Night Trains

    Late Night Trains

    ★★★½

    Night Train Murders is so unrelentingly brutal, it can feel like a festive (Terry’s?) Clockwork Orange. Two disaffected young men co-opt fascist imagery (they salute “heil Hitler” to a group of older Germans on the train), attack women no matter their age on the street, rape, murder, mutilate genitals, act as voyeurs. It also ends with a return to a house seen earlier in the film, as a setting for a confrontation. The harmonica becomes pretty sinister. The film also has…

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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ★★★½

    I never want to see a man wanking over a cake ever again

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    there is no religion without politics.

    this is a film I would show to the Trump administration. I would show this film to the EPA. I don’t believe any American film released in 2016 and onwards should be seen as a product of these particular contexts, unless explicitly a part of the text or the development process.

    But the themes ‘First Reformed’ explores - the immediacy of climate change, and whether we allow ourselves to merely stand by and allow…