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  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

    Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

    ★★★½

    March Around the World 2018 #18 Canada

    Chosen because I came across INDIGENOUS CINEMA: A MASTER LIST a couple of months ago which added several films to my watchlist.

    There are so many powerful moments in the film. I was especially moved when one woman described how she'd been brought up pacifist but had since learned that she needed to be prepared for violence as she knew her life was in danger.

    It's truthful but not too grim and very…

  • Aksuat

    Aksuat

    ★½

    March Around the World 2018 #21

    Chosen because it's another from Two epochs of national self-determination in Central Asian cinema though this is the first I've seen from the 1990s rather than the 60s or early 70s.

    Maybe that's why it's nowhere near as good? This is so frustrating, everything that happens is stupid and contrived. For example a main character gets jailed because he's drunk and knocks on the door of a stranger with a car demanding he drive…

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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    Today marks the 5000th day I've been with my partner. I was going to celebrate by writing about a film we shared and loved together but instead I'll write about our meeting.

    In 1997-1998 I worked in a cinema ostensibly to save money for university but I actually spent it all on booze. We persuaded a colleague to hold an Oscar night party and so my workmates and I watched the 1997 Oscars together. One workmate brought a friend who…

  • The History Boys

    The History Boys

    ★★½

    Bizarre film in which a witty script is undermined by the message that the very best, most inspirational teachers fondle their students.

    It did make me want to watch Brief Encounter again though.