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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    "We wasted so many days"

    Spring and part of the summer of 1983 (when this film is set) was the beginning of an important period of my life – although I didn’t realise it at the time.

    Aged somewhere between main characters Elio and Oliver, I spent several months living in Italy as part of my University course. It was only the second time I had been abroad on my own, and never for such an extended period of time.…

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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    I'm still thinking about this film. Partly about the images, partly about the story, and partly about how much I liked it. I did like it, that's for sure, but I'm not quite sure how much.

    It looks beautiful. Every shot is framed to perfection, most obviously in the present day life of Amy Adams and her sterile home and work settings. Here the colour palette is cool, natural, with just the occasional splash of purposeful red. As she begins…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    Characters like Wiktor and Zula can often come across as self-obsessed and unsympathetic, yet Paweł Pawlikowski manages to make them emotionally accessible so that even if you can't touch the depth of emotion they feel for each other, you can understand it - which is a feat in itself. As with Pawlikowski's previous feature Ida, this is a stunningly beautiful piece of work. You could freeze the image at any point and frame it as a work of art. The music is haunting, and Joanna Kulig is a force to be reckoned with.