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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    ★★★★

    A homicide investigation comprising of police officials, a prosecutor, a doctor and two handcuffed prisoners search for a murdered corpse buried deep within the Anatolian steppes. Over the course of one long night, the investigators lose hope when the alleged killers cannot the exact location of their victim's grave.

    Nur Bilge Ceylan's slow-burner is not your classic police procedural where answers are readily arrived at by the conclusion. It's foremost a psychological study of a band of men and the…

  • Sanjuro

    Sanjuro

    ★★★★

    Follow up to my no.1 Kurosawa, 'Yojimbo' (no wait was that 'Red Beard'?) and equally as stylish. The beautiful (YES he is) Toshiro Mifune returns in this fantastic send-up of samurai traditions. It's in a more lighter, humorous vein. Spectacular displays of swordplay if not seen. Check out the final confrontation between Sanjuro and the antagonist. Sanjuro kills Hanbei (Tatsuya Nakadai) in one fell swoop. Shockingly mesmerising.

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  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

    The giallo made Dario Argento’s career in the early 70s.

    His directorial debut, ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage’ placed him firmly on the international map. Incorporating wildly imaginative scenes and brutal violence, it would become one of Argento’s most subversive works. It’s resounding success was mainly down to Ennio Morricone’s haunting, dissonant score and Vittorio Storaro’s (‘Apocalypse Now’) disturbing yet sumptuous imagery.

    A lot of the motifs associated with Argento’s films were established in this first feature. The ubiquitous…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    ‘Oldboy’ was based on a Japanese eight volume manga of the same name released in the mid eighties. Inspiration was also taken from the Greek tragedy, ‘Oedipus’. Heavy use of metaphors further enhance themes of human suffering and injustice.

    The premise to this gritty Korean New Wave thriller is WHO has and WHY is protagonist Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) locked up in solitary confinement for 15 years? The lead suspect is a maniacal rich industrialist who wants Oh Dae-su to…