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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…

  • Le Deuxième Souffle

    Le Deuxième Souffle

    ★★★★½

    Death with honor.
    Melville's preoccupation with honor and betrayal doubtless stem from his involvement with the French Resistance during the Second World War. He was of that generation for whom personal honor was sacrosanct. The character that Lino Ventura plays in
    this film - and would virtually reprise in Melville's later L'Armée des ombres (1969) - is the quintessential Melvillian hero, the living embodiment of that famous line from Shakespeare's Richard II: "Mine honour is my life; both grow 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.