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  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • 3 Women

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  • Norte, the End of History

    ★★★★★

  • Crab Goalkeeper

    ★★★★

  • A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★★

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Béla Tarr puts me into a trance. Have you ever gazed at mud so long that you begin to realise an intricate beauty in it? Do you perhaps come to appreciate its consistent texture or its effervescent gleam? At some point during the seven hours you’ll spend inside the filthy world of Sátántangó, you’ll be able to answer “yes” to either one of these questions. As a pure mood piece on entropy and desolation, few films surpass it. Tarr’s mise-en-scene…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    ★★★★★

    One would be hard pressed to walk away from In the Realm of the Senses without having formulated an opinion or have gone through some sort of emotional response. This film is a prime example of the power of the medium. It is nearly impossible to shut off the body and brain’s response to what is being presented. We are conditioned to react to the stimulating and titillating elements of film, despite the fact that film is a (mostly) two-dimensional…

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  • Norte, the End of History

    Norte, the End of History

    ★★★★★

    There’s an acute, non-specific desire for escape that permeates the characters in Lav Diaz’s Norte, the End of History, a feeling of existential restlessness that imprisons them both literally (scenes at a country jail are interspersed throughout) and figuratively (repressed secrets that cumulatively crack sanity). Diaz’s widescreen compositions—some of the most commanding, painterly images I’ve ever seen—are alternately liberating and restricting, creating vast expanses through different dimensional planes while also keeping boundary markers (walls, patches of trees, roads) ever-present. 

    What…

  • Crab Goalkeeper

    Crab Goalkeeper

    ★★★★

    This film has it all... In just 80 minutes we talk about yakuza, the world of Japanese escorts, loneliness, friendship, economic problems, scams that will also lead to serious consequences such as the commodification of one’s body, and crab-human love. Turns out that there is a certain amount of logic in the idea of a crab goalkeeper, since crabs can move very fast from side to side, and so the movie culminates at the football match that will mark the team…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★★

    Adam McKay wrote the script for Don’t Look Up in a pre-pandemic world. Today, nearly two years into the pandemic, his film about the politicisation of issues that ought not be considered political still rings eerily prophetic.

    At some moments, Don’t Look Up feels like it has a never-ending list of high grossing celebrities that will enter the scene at any moment. I would have been hardly surprised if Kylie Jenner emerged to play the role of an influencer using…

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    How do you represent historical evil, and is it ever possible to do it through fiction? No series of events has seen that question more seriously critiqued and interrogated than when it comes to filmic representation of Nazi atrocities and, in particular, the Holocaust. Many intellectuals, from the German refugee Theodor Adorno to the Australian historian Inga Clendinnen, have argued urgently, eloquently, that there is a point where fiction and poetry have to remain silent. We have to allow documentary…