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  • Dead Leaves

    Dead Leaves

    ★★★½

    Total insanity. I'll leave it at that.

  • Marjorie Prime

    Marjorie Prime

    ★★★★

    Whoa, science fiction Bergman! Well, almost. We probably are going to see more of these sort of films in the coming decades, where the relation of growing old and technology is explored in an adult and elegant way. Marjorie Prime, has its own rhythm which you have to adjust to, afterward, I realized it's based on a play which makes total sense. Zero action, all talk, makes for a beautiful meditation on the melancholy of growing old and the loss…

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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…