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  • Stray Dog

    Stray Dog

    ★★★★

    The first time I wrote a celebratory review about a film I’ve seen only once, it was John Boorman’s Hell in the Pacific. This time it’s once again Toshirô Mifune in one of the leads. Stray Dog has been on my radar for about twenty years, and when I saw the DVD in a library it forced me at gun point to borrow it. Hip hip hooray I say to this dog at stray – 70 years today!

    This is…

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    ★★★★½

    This is the third Woody Allen film that I’ve cheered for on Letterboxd. But the first one by a director that already had made his breakthrough and created his niche. Annie Hall and Manhattan are two of the more intelligent films ever made, but also examples of exploration and trying out as many ideas as possible. By the time Allen was making Crimes and Misdemeanors he had cemented a form – especially with Hannah and her sisters – with a…

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  • Escape from Alcatraz

    Escape from Alcatraz

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There are plenty of magnificent breakout movies in film history. In fact, this is the third prison break I am reviewing for Letterboxd after Cool Hand Luke and Midnight Express. But this is one of the more low-key ones. Don (Donald he calls himself in the credits) Siegel’s Escape from Alcatraz celebrates its 40th birthday today and it’s almost as I remembered it – grey and slow-paced. One thing I had forgotten, though – it’s also very exciting!

    Don Siegel…

  • The Tin Drum

    The Tin Drum

    ★★★★

    Never too late to write a review. I received my The Tin Drum DVD from the Swedish distribution company Atlantic about fifteen years ago. Since I already had seen it at Cinemateket in Stockholm, I postponed the re-watch. And now I finally found the time to bang the drum for this 40th year celebration. Hip hip hooray!

    The main character and narrator of this story is Oskar (David Bennent in an 11-year-old performance out of this world). We meet him…