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  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Singin' in the Rain
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  • Lost in Paris

    ★★

  • Pom Poko

    ★★★★

  • The Bells in Old Town

    ★★★

  • That Other Woman

    ★★½

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  • Lost in Paris

    Lost in Paris

    ★★

    Trying to be a cross between a silent comedy, Jacques Tati and Wes Anderson. Apart from the scenes with Emmanuel Riva (star of Hiroshima Mon amour 60 years previously) as the aged aunt Martha this would be quirky comedy doesn't work all that well.

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★★

    I'd forgotten just how weird Pom Poko, the Ghibli film about the shape shifting racoons, is, I mean really weird. It's a bit too long for it's own good and the constant narration is tiresome. But it's full of imagination, strange imagery and balls. The film mixes classic Japanese folklore with the modern world and by the end is actually moving.

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  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★★

    Fritz Lang is undoubtedly one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, but whereas he was a god in his early years in Germany, he was rather consumed by the machine when he made the move to Hollywood. His Hollywood films aren't as individual, as visual, as idiosyncratic, as big or as mad, but he was still more than capable of making a highly effective movie and this sure is that. The Big Heat is probably his last…

  • Two Women

    Two Women

    ★★★★

    Two Women could have been a very different film. Originally envisioned as an Italian/ American co-production to star Anna Magnani as the mother and 26 year old Sophia Loren as the daughter it was to have been directed by Hollywood legend George Cukor. However Magnani dropped out (possibly as she felt she was too young to play Loren's mother) as did Cukor and Paramount. Former Italian neorealist Vittorio de Sica (he of Bicycle Thieves) took over the direction, gave Loren…