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Favorite films

  • A Room with a View
  • Criss Cross
  • The Swimmer
  • Limelight

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  • The Sniper

    ★★★½

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★½

  • On Dangerous Ground

    ★★★★

  • F9

    ★★½

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  • The Sniper

    The Sniper

    ★★★½

    A really interesting film. At times a little dry, but when coupled with very tangible sense of location when it comes to San Francisco, kind of evokes some of the kind of stuff you'd expect to see from an Italian neo-realist film. That often quasi-documentary feel to the exteriors.

    I watched as part of vol.3 of the Columbia Noir box set from Indicator. I've been kind of surprised by how left leaning a lot of the films in this set…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★½

    For the first 20 minutes or so I was struggling to stay awake and the style was making feel a bit iffy (probably didn't help being sat in the second row). But then I don't really know what happened but I was suddenly quite into it. I think it definitely gets under your skin and I dare say I'd enjoy it a lot more/rate higher on rewatch. Also the mam's and the papas are great, but can we talk about…

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  • Félicité

    Félicité

    ★★★

    Seen at Berlin Film Festival.

    Very much a film of two halves. The first half being one that shows both the trials and tribulations, and the lengths a mother goes to to help her child.

    This is where the film is at it's best, it has drive, it has a purpose, and it gets to explore a character.

    Fast forward to the second half and any sense of focus goes out of the window. At first I felt like the…

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★½

    I'm going to be controversial here and say that I was actually slightly disappointed. There are undoubtedly a number of factors that I think contribute to that.

    Firstly I think expectations were incredibly high. Both Kurosawa as a director and Ran as a film seem worshipped the world over by film fans with the sort of reverence usually reserved for a deity.

    I'm not particularly well versed in the story behind King Lear, nor the other Japanese stories that apparently…