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  • Un Flic

    Un Flic


    Un flic may resemble Melville's previous gangster films (the plot
    has some obvious similarities with Le Cercle Rouge) but it is
    markedly different in tone - much darker, far more intense, the
    characters far less well-defined. By the late 1960s, the policies had
    become the mainstay of French cinema and was set to become
    even more popular in the decade to come, but it needed a new
    lease of life. Melville's last film provided just that, primarily through
    it's blurring…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    How many directors could make you root for a woman to get it on with a dead-eyed fish-man who eats cats? The list cannot be much longer than just ‘Guillermo del Toro’. Nobody makes horror quite so romantic. At his very best, del Toro’s work holds the dream, nightmare, and realism in perfect balance, pulling you into terrible worlds, holding your hand just tight enough that you feel safe. From those fantasy worlds, he looks out at our world, in…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049


    After The Second Time: An Absolute Masterpiece.

    This felt like an actual arthouse film, and that was such a big surprise. This could've been an unnecessary sequel that references the original every 10 seconds, but Villeneuve instead made something that feels personal and like its own thing. Every time the film referenced something from the original it had actual significance to the plot and even gave off a melancholic feeling.
    Every impeccably composed shot — a surreal six-handed love scene;…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island


    When was the last time you had to wait until the final sentence of a film to understand all the details? When was the last time you went to a genre movie – or what looked like one in spooky trailers – and realized the director had fulfilled that promise and meditated on his favorite topic? Shutter Island does just that.