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  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    ★★★★

    A beautiful, quiet visit to Studio Ghibli. Obviously a must-see for animation fans. Unsurprisingly the place really belongs to the cat.

  • Tokyo Tribe

    Tokyo Tribe

    ★★★★½

    Hiphop dies and is reincarnated in Tokyo. Leave it to Sono to capture it all as a hyped-up, vulgar and absurdist musical. Unlike anything out there (although par on the course for weird Japan). Filled with clever jokes, beautiful shots (check that intro) and great music.

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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s performance in La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928) is often held up as a touchstone of acting. Fair enough, but Isabelle Adjani in Possession (1981) has to be placed in the same league. The French actress gives the most physical and intense performance ever captured on film, full of mood swings, glares, hysterics, tears and a host of other bodily fluids (Adjani was rightly named best actress at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.)

    Andrzej Żuławski's dark film…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    Here we have one of the few examples of a director’s cut that actually improves a film. Or should we say finishes the film? I first saw Blade Runner on VHS (woozy from having my wisdom-teeth pulled) in the version that was taken away from Ridley Scott and sort of tanked at the box office. Now this version to my young eyes, who didn’t know anything about the film and the surrounding production, was already amazing. Actually when I saw…