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  • The Grim Reaper

    The Grim Reaper

    ★★★★

    Essentially a murder mystery with a Rashomon-esque narrative structure involving a prostitute’s death - The Grim Reaper makes for a supremely impressive debut for Bernardo Bertolucci. The ensuing investigation focuses on the unreliable testimonies of various bystanders through flashbacks, as they recollect their movements on the previous day. However, unlike Rashomon there’s very little contradiction in the suspects’ accounts and are merely disjointed by time. The elaborate digressions into each suspect’s personal life get tiresome after a while but Bertolucci…

  • Le Trou

    Le Trou

    ★★★★★

    A prison-escape film that mocks and eschews common genre cliches. There aren’t any nasty guards or sadistic wardens, no sucking up to Mr. Big for protection against hulking sexual predators, no time for unnecessary shower or mess hall politics. In fact there are no mess halls. Period. And most of the action is confined to the claustrophobic prison cells. Becker resists the deep plunges into character backgrounds or enlisting stars instead recruits non-actors to boost their believability. It appears so…

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  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

    Do you mind if I borrow that portable keyhole?

    Gets better with every viewing. #Classic

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    Ingeniously applying his cerebral skill-set to the mechanics of historical war dramas and factual portraitures — Nolan mounts a suffocatingly suspenseful survival epic that bears his patented structural spin on its rubbled sleeve. He doesn’t follow an established template but creates his own — radically cross-cutting between perspectives of variable time-frames, the narrative unravels simultaneously on land, water and in air, before converging in a breathtakingly volatile finale. The audacious split-narrative works brilliantly and possesses the urgency that would’ve otherwise…