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  • Z

    Z

    ★★★★★

    "Any resemblance of real events, to persons living or dead, is not accidental. It is DELIBERATE."

    Knocked out by the power and fury of this film, the most incendiary procedural I could have imagined. This film is my fucking jam

    Investigating the aftermath of a political assassination, its cover-up, and the wide-reaching tragic consequences, this film has so much to say about ideology, hegemony, power and the state. The parallels to the 1963 assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis are of course…

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★½

    I didn't watch this when it came out, in fact I'd heard very little about Miami Vice until I became more active on Letterboxd this year.

    Having now seen it, I'm convinced, just some of the most beautiful photography, and a mainstream Hollywood film like no other. Even though it's a remake of an 80s TV show it's absolutely a film of our time, this time, the end of history digital era.

    Didn't expect to be so rocked and moved by the tragic romance here, the storm, the sky.

  • Legend of the Mountain

    Legend of the Mountain

    ★★★★★

    can't get over how stupefied I was watching this, just swept away into another world. It's always much much harder for me to review something I feel deserves 5 full stars.

    The intricate beauty of this film, its editing, the composition, colours, costumes. The best word I can think of is exquisite. In the case of Legend of the Mountain specifically I loved the ghost story, the sense of place, the mix of the ethereal and the physical until they're almost indistinguishable - real 'magic of cinema' stuff going on here, and I can't wait to see more of King Hu's films

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  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★

    too stupid to write a proper review of this, some scattered thoughts:

    The sand seems so ominously terrifying, it's like a manifestation of time (of course) but also futility of life coming to bury you.

    Much of the blurb and chat around this film really hypes up the 'erotic' element, which I... just did not get? Not a particularly erotic film to me.

    I thought consciously "this is like Misery but with existentialism" and "man, this would absolutely suck" a few times.

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★

    loved the euro-framed vision of america, reminded me of a John Ford western, it made it alien and familiar simultaneously, the colours were pretty special, everyone seemed suitably lonely.