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  • Videodrome
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Solaris
  • Scream

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  • Don't Hang Up

    ★★★½

  • Don't Breathe 2

    ★★★

  • Don't Breathe

    ★★★

  • Don't Blink

    ★★★

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★★

    There is nothing real outside our perception of reality, is there? Eleven viewings later and still as fresh as ever, Videodrome is quite possibly the best film ever made about the relationship between viewers and what they view. The film's most iconic image is James Woods sticking his head inside a television set during a hallucination - an image that very much embodies what it feels like to be totally immersed in a film or a television program: the tendency…

  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★★

    Alexander does not wish the bishop a good night. This five-hour coming-of-age drama from Ingmar Bergman is so rich in themes and ideas that it is nearly impossible to sum up in one sentence. It is mostly though a tale of a young boy with an overactive imaginative who learns to stand up for himself and view himself as his own person when taken away from his family in which he is only one of many. Indeed, while the first…

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  • Don't Hang Up

    Don't Hang Up

    ★★★½

    Two friends who get their kicks from making mean-spirited prank phone calls receive a foreboding call that they suspect is a prank, only to quick realise that a sadistic killer is on the other end in this low budget horror film. For a movie made on a modest budget, this is pretty good-looking. If never quite as cool as the neon red poster on Letterboxd, there are some amazing shots that sweep in and out of buildings and fly through…

  • Don't Breathe 2

    Don't Breathe 2

    ★★★

    One of the best aspects of the original Don't Breathe was how it played with audience sympathy, asking us to question whether we cared more for the young thieves or the blind war veteran with a shady past. This sequel does the same sort of thing quite well. At first, the blind man is a sympathetic victim here, this time with daughter in tow. We then receive cause to doubt his intentions, and then our sympathies switch once more before…

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  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky combines the mysteries of deep space with an acute look at grief, loneliness and what it means to be human in this stunning sci-fi drama. While the film moves slowly, it is never dull as Tarkovsky makes his film about tension and uncertainty as opposed to thrills and chills. The film is also very much about the way that we react to the unknown, with a curious parallel to draw between the boy scared of the horse in…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★½

    Adding to my original review, this Scream "requel" really stands up to revision: almost as funny, as scary and as meta as the films that Wes Craven made his legacy with. For Wes indeed; this is an incredibly respectful follow-up, as well as a film prepared to do its own thing at times. Most notably, the first, second and fourth films involve the killers trying to throw the scents off themselves and blame others, whereas here the opposite amusingly happens…