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  • Aquarius

    Aquarius

    ★★★

    Focuses on Clara, a 65 year old retired music critic, mother, and widow. The intro set in the early 1980s has a nostalgia, with the Queen song in the car and also the party in the apartment. I kind of wish that era had been given a higher priority, as it only lasts for a short time.

    The majority of the film is set in the present. Sonia Braga delivers an accessible and likeable performance as the obstinate Clara. She…

  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★★

    Has its moments, such as Ralph Fiennes dancing to the Rolling Stones, and the Harry Nilsson song Jump into the Fire was a nice discovery, but there isn't enough story in the opening 90 minutes to sustain interest.

    Things finally get interesting in the last 30 minutes. Perhaps a film you retrospectively can appreciate, as situations make better sense after they've happened, and not necessarily when they happen.

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.