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  • Floating Weeds

    ★★★★½

  • Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

    ★★½

  • Round Midnight

    ★★★

  • Mother and Son

    ★★★½

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  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    ★★★★★

    I've been watching The Spirit of the Beehive regularly in order to fall asleep. Not every night, but on nights when I am too tired to read or watch something new but not quite tired enough to close my eyes right away. I've watched the film 3 or 4 times now all the way through, but I don't log it because I haven't really watched the whole thing - I usually fall asleep after twenty minutes or so, either turning…

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  • Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

    Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

    ★★½

    Very carefully observed yet lacking in any real insight. I was conscious of the ways in which the film nods to European arthouse sensibilities (the Dardennes are a natural touch point, though this film lacks the suspense and emotional climaxes of their films for better or worse) and I found this frustrating as I’d rather see a Nigerian film with Nigerian sensibilities. The film also shares quite a bit of thematic DNA with Sembene’s Mandabi, but that film’s sharp social…

  • Round Midnight

    Round Midnight

    ★★★

    Between this and Mo Better Blues (and what I remember from others I haven't seen in years like Bird), there was an elegiac quality to jazz cinema in this era. The music's true masterpieces changed from a geyser in the 70s explosion of fusion and free to a trickle, and many of the legends were passing away. As an artform jazz has the capacity to deliver a full range of human emotions, but if these films were your first exposure…

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