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  • Celine and Julie Go Boating

    Celine and Julie Go Boating

    ★★★★½

    Madcap, possessed, hilarious, haunted, the film from which pretty much every 'film within a film' gag I've ever enjoyed was probably spawned. The core duo's irrepressible hilarity is the closest I've ever seen a film come to the feeling of being very, very high with somebody you're extraordinarily close to. This is a beautiful thing.

  • Twelve O'Clock High

    Twelve O'Clock High

    ★★★★

    This is a very strange, dark film with a storytelling structure that's fascinating to unpick. I first saw it many years ago on TV & what stayed with me was how it opened with a brisk, businesslike depiction of carnage, almost emotionless in its affect - the medic's "I can see his brain" is all the more effective because we, the audience, see nothing of the sort. Followed by a short scene about how best to dispose of a severed arm…

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  • Série noire

    Série noire

    ★★★★

    Patrick Dewaere's untimely death is hard to ignore when you're watching this film, about a skinny, hypertense, delusional man who seems to be operating in a world of his own right from the extraordinary opening scene where he acts out an entire Hollywood movie all alone in a desolate outer-Paris car park.

    There's never been a better adaptation of Jim Thompson's novels, because nobody has ever been able to embody the dual nature of Thompson's protagonists - on the one…

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    A dizzyingly sad, funny, overwhelmingly beautiful short film that manages to contain almost every fear imaginable about what the future of humanity might bring inside a brief fifteen minute running time. I've only watched this once but will be watching it repeatedly, not just to delve into its mysteries but to enjoy the journey. What you'll only get one time, though, is the jaw-dropping horror of the final moments. I shouted at the screen when *the thing* happened. Then the…