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  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    ★★★

    The series is 5 star material. Don't know why they made a movie afterwards. It doesn't really add anything special, it's too long and misses the charm and weirdness of the best episodes of the series. Also some of the music is below par especially for Cowboy: Bebop. Still, an enjoyable animé, with some nice scenes (the kasbah stuff), extra teasing regarding the possible exposure of Faye's breasts and the world-building is superb again.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    What is there left to say for a Johnny-come-lately? I certainly was impressed by the look of La La Land but the film has its share of problems which non-believers probably have spelled out: it drags at times, the singing and dancing are so-so, it's kinda reactionary (although it at times cleverly seems to criticize itself, or maybe not) and it's not exactly a memorable romance. Ah, but the light.

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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…