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Favorite films

  • The Red Shoes
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Great Expectations
  • A Canterbury Tale

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  • In a Year with 13 Moons

    ★★★★

  • The End of Old Times

    ★★★½

  • La familia unida esperando la llegada de Hallewyn

    ★★★★

  • Floodtide

    ★★★

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  • In a Year with 13 Moons

    In a Year with 13 Moons

    ★★★★

    "Life itself: steaming blood and death"

    There's often a moment in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's films when what first appears a crass metaphor, destined to go only one way, splits into half a dozen directions like rolling mercury. Likewise chunks of exposition spring out of nowhere to clear-up plot and philosophical matters in one sitting. Unless crystallised with one of those metaphors these data dumps can read quite bald (diaboli ex machina?) In A Year with 13 Moons benefits and belabours…

  • The End of Old Times

    The End of Old Times

    ★★★½

    Barbarians taking over the Big House: social critique pretending to be social critique. That is the usual Czechoslovak coded-pop at statism dressed-up as a reminder of why the haute bourgeoise fell (except for Communist Party apparatchiks who carried on living that way - and so the circle continued).

    All comers get an elegant skewering in a film that addresses new and old worlds with weariness for one and nostalgia for the other. No mean feat, but Jaromir Šofr's burnished photography…

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  • Brideshead Revisited

    Brideshead Revisited

    ★★★★★

    Essemus in arcadia.

    When British television was being deregulated in the early 1990s it was this production that was most often referenced as evidence for what could soon be lost. Appropriately enough for a serial concerned with decline and fall, it soon was. Brute market forces came to the ugly fore and public service broadcasting has been marginalised ever since.

    It’s not just about an extended duration or a large budget—these things endure to this day—but more about a level…

  • Floodtide

    Floodtide

    ★★★

    Standard issue scramble-up-the-greasy-pole enlivened by a shipbuilding setting and Glaswegian accents not often seen nor heard in British films at the time. What is less standard - although not to the naked eye - is the production method.

    As an attempt to reduce costs and streamline the flow of B-films, Rank instigated a process hifalutiningly called Independent Frame. Constituted as a pre-planned package of mattes, back projection film/plates and foreground props right from the storyboard stage, it made unexciting sense…

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