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  • The China Syndrome

    The China Syndrome

    ★★★★

    Jack Lemmon: what an amazing actor. Always utterly believable and realistic in every role, and his performance here is another example of that. I can't think of any modern actors who compare. Related note: I still can't believe Lemmon's Oscar snub for Glengarry Glen Ross. What a travesty.

  • Imitation of Life

    Imitation of Life

    ★★★★★

    Amazing! Such a progressive movie for its time. Incredibly moving, especially in the final 15 minutes. That scene with Annie and Sarah Jane in the hotel room...man, if you've seen it, you know what I mean. So perfectly judged, and filled with real, earned emotion. It's refreshing to see a 1950s movie driven by such strong female characters. Plus, it's a visual treat, with vibrant colours, and lush cinematography. I can't wait to watch it again!

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  • Kill List

    Kill List

    ★★★★

    Fantastic. One of the best British films in years, and just gets better every time I watch it. For some reason, it's criminally underrated, but given the subject matter, it's no surprise that 'Kill List' didn't get a wide cinema release.

    On the surface, the story seems simple: two (ex-military) hitmen take on a new assignment for a bunch of shady businessmen, but there's so much more to it than that. It starts off as one thing, but morphs genres…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★

    This is the third time I've seen Upstream Colour, and like 'Primer' before it, the movie improves exponentially with every viewing. This is true visual storytelling, the likes of which we rarely see in US cinema, though to be honest, despite paying close attention, I still don't understand every aspect of the story (!)

    Not that it matters. I love movies that demand audience investment/active engagement, and when combined with an enticing symbiosis of gorgeous imagery and music, a hypnotic,…