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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia


    There is a scene in this film, a background scene, that completely encapsulated the film for me.

    It is a scene of two shopkeepers judiciously sweeping the bits of sidewalk and road immediately in front of their place of business. In between the two sweepers lies a huge mound of sand.

    No matter how many times they sweep, within minutes any trace of their work will have disappeared.
    It will have made no difference.
    They keep sweeping.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…

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  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows


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

    This viewing confirmed that there is a 5 star picture in this film, and there is a good chunk that does nothing at all. Antoine's story, or the story that is so beautifully told, ends with the last straw.

    His entire life is spent being up to no good but in a not-so-bad way, the way adventurous kids with imagination might break some rules, and he gets punished every single time he tries to correct his behaviour.

    He finally gives…

  • Annihilation



    The germ of the film is interesting, and despite incredibly dull and shallow dialogue, I was willing to give it a chance. But then it turned into The Descent, a film I loathed. Then it got all monster-movie. The dialogue got worse, and some of the scenes were excruciating to sit through. Flashbacks that played absolutely no role didn't help, especially flashbacks of sex scenes (talk about an obvious excuse for wanting to shoot scenes with an undressed Portman).


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    Silver Linings Playbook


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