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  • Cold War

    Cold War


    'Paweł Pawlikowski’s beautiful miniature epic Cold War begins in 1949 with musicians Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Irena (Agata Kulesza) trawling through the icy Polish countryside, looking to form a national troupe of traditional folk music talent. At an audition – sort of like an Eastern Bloc version of The Voice – Wiktor’s eye is caught by competitor Zula (Joanna Kulig), an enigmatic but self-assured young woman with a reciprocating eye cast on Wiktor.'

    Saw this at Edinburgh film fest and have been thinking about it non-stop since. Review at The National Student here!

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  • Climax



    "Climax begins with an overhead shot of a bloodied woman stumbling across a frozen expanse, eventually collapsing and writhing around so as to make a grotesque red snow angel. It ends with a title card reading DEATH IS AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE, the huge letters projected upside down. Subtle it ain’t – though if you wanted subtle you probably shouldn’t be watching a Gaspar Noé film.

    This is, after all, the writer-director who came to international notoriety with Irreversible (2002), the…

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart


    I've always liked Whisper of the Heart, but in the few years since I'd last seen it I'd somewhat written it off as minor Ghibli. No, this is top tier stuff: as warm, wise and wonderfully textured as any of the studio’s offerings. And I’d totally forgotten the soundtrack, a glorious mix or Legrand and Morricone.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    I wasn't sure I'd seen it. For a whole month after I first saw the film, I couldn't stop questioning whether I'd just imagined it. Finally watching it for a second time, and waiting for the scene to happen, I found myself convinced that I'd imagined it. But no, there it was, right where I'd left it. As Elio is drifting off under a tree, the Sufjan Stevens song starts playing and a kind of frame burn effect starts to…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Wow. I don't even know where to begin with this.

    Murder on the Orient Express is the worst film I've seen this year by a mile. Not a single moment worked for me. Kenneth Branagh is a mediocre actor and a bad director, but what precious little talent he previously may have had is nowhere to be found here. The direction is laughably bad. A special mention has to go to the shot in which the murder victim is discovered,…