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  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    ★★★½

  • Making It

    ★★★

  • That Championship Season

    ★★★½

  • The Square

    ★★★★½

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  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    The opening of this film goes out of its way to establish that the lead protagonist, Sylvia (Mimsy Farmer), is a busy industrial scientist who works in a lab. To what avail?......To what avail?!!!

    I watched this and The Mephisto Waltz recently. Both are blatant Rosemary's Baby ripoffs...very blatant. Both are vibrant and colourful, with exquisite Gothic shooting locations. Both are recommended...The Perfume of the Lady in Black has the more shocking finale.

  • Making It

    Making It

    The last fifteen minutes elevates this film to something beyond a typical randy teen, coming of age flick. Unlikeable at times, there is an attempt to raise some more serious discussion.

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  • Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Dunaway's lost classic from 1970. Jerry Schatzberg went on to direct some of the more "real" (Scarecrow and The Panic in Needle Park) movies of his generation.

  • And Soon the Darkness

    And Soon the Darkness

    I'm a sucker for colourful films! The bright green and blue worn by the female leads in the opening scene, combined with the natural greenery of rural France, struck me immediately.

    This is a later day Hitchcock inspired mystery with the barest of plot details. Set entirely during full daylight sun, this film notably has impossible lighting as well as an impossible timeline. These touches grossly add to the film's surrealism and appeal.

    Sure, illogical decisions are made....One of the leads seems to have zero interest in cycling the countryside, yet it is the basis of her vacation. Fun stuff!