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  • The Crimes of the Black Cat

    The Crimes of the Black Cat

    ★★★½

    the blind pianist investigating the murders is also the composer of a particular film score, which opens some kind of meta level, nice idea. fantastic ending with a frantic final kill and great primary colour lightning, obviously a big inspiration for Argento. interesting locations (set in Kopenhagen), but unfortunately rather dull acting and really weak police proceduals.

  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

    The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

    ★★★

    pros: the interiors and establishing shots, as well as the visual information about the family curse given in the opening sequence.
    cons: overly convoluted, rather blunt if gory kills and the unimpressive ending.

    1972 seemed to be a good year for the giallo and i am looking forward to watch more films from that particular year.

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  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    The deconstruction of a myth, and one of the most rigorously composed films ever.

  • Infernal Affairs

    Infernal Affairs

    ★★★★★

    Rewatching this after some eight or nine years, it gives a completely new impression and for me in fact now easily ranks as one of the best HK films ever.
    Maybe it was totally wrong to see this film as a successor to the classic HK "heroic bloodshed" genre, the first "shootout" in this character driven study of two akin minds taking place just after an hour running time, and then it isn't a "real" shootout. So if you are…