Favorite films

  • Pather Panchali
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Thing
  • Tokyo Story

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  • Green Room

    ★★★★

  • Uncle Frank

    ★★★★

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    ★★★★

  • Stillwater

    ★★★

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  • In Search of Famine

    In Search of Famine

    ★★★★½

    "Famine has been with us often in many forms"

    A film crew travel to a rural village to re-enact the famine of Bengal from '43. This is a "film within a film". You see brutally poignant reenactments of a country that was torn asunder through a man-made famine. Then it sharply cuts to the actors taking a break from shooting and the director deliberating where he will go next with the story. Amid these artistic pontifications, the villagers are stirring,…

  • Deliver Us from Evil

    Deliver Us from Evil

    ★★★½

    Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae played two gang brothers in the 2013 Korean crime drama, ‘New World’. The two actors are reunited in ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ in quite the reversal of roles if you are familiar with the former film.
    Jung-min is In-nam, a former assassin and Jung-jae is Ray, a Yakuza gang leader. A taciturn In-nam loathes everyone and loves his own company but is forced out of retirement when his old girlfriend is killed. When Ray interferes…

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  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★½

    “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”



    Ah, the musical. Never has one association packed so much torturous memories. Notwithstanding my contemptuous dismissal there were some rare exceptions.
    Back in the 80s when I was growing up, my allergic reaction to musicals was not so pronounced. To this day apart from a handful of others, ‘Wizard of Oz’ is one I will happily have the time of day…

  • Don't Look Now

    Don't Look Now

    ★★★★

    "Nothing is what it seems"

    Of all the films revolving around loss, 'Don't Look Now' has to be one of the most acutely aware. When I watched this in my twenties, I was struck by the moody art direction, the confrontation on human finitude and death. Nicholas Roeg employs a dissociative almost subliminal style of imagery to suggest how a couple, John and Laura Baxter are haunted after the death of their child. When a trip is taken to Venice,…