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  • Two-Lane Blacktop

    ★★★

  • Show Me Love

    ★★★★½

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    ★★★★★

  • Trans-Europ-Express

    ★★★½

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    This is the 1000th film I’ve seen, at least according to this website. If you ask my father, I reached this milestone a long time ago but it’s important to me because the human species is obsessed with documentation and records.

    It’s taken me a while to get to this point and when I started as a young lad, I certainly was different from the person writing this review. For instance, he wouldn’t have a clue what I write about…

  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Rublev is one of the most extraordinary achievements of cinema. Within two films, Andrei Tarkovsky had secured his place amongst the best filmmakers in the world creating his own language fuelled by spirituality and sculpting in time. Before Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky made one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of all time, Ivan’s Childhood, a poetic and haunting take on childhood innocence ruined by war. For his next film, he decided to make something highly ambitious and challenging against…

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  • Two-Lane Blacktop

    Two-Lane Blacktop

    ★★★

    This is a rather iconic movie that has passed me by. A film containing the major claim of capturing the transition from the 60s to 70s. Along with being a time capsule for pre-highway America. So as we can see, there’s a lot of aura and status around Two-Lane Blacktop.

    For me this was a blind experience. My friend working at my local arthouse cinema requested that this film be shown there. He’s even written a few essays on the…

  • Show Me Love

    Show Me Love

    ★★★★½

    Please move. We're gonna go shag now

    The title for the English release is rather infuriating. As something generic like Show Me Love takes away the fun grittiness that truly is Fucking Amal. A lesbian teen rom-com made by Lukas Moodysson, a deeply committed Christian albeit a left-leaning feminist Swedish director. This has been on my watchlist for a long time. The title alone of Fucking Amal was enough to get me drawn in and seemed to be something down…

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  • Vagabond

    Vagabond

    ★★★½

    Agnes Varda is the grandmother of French New Wave and an inspiration for female filmmakers thanks to telling humanistic stories that are told from a female perspective. In 1985, she released Vagabond, a film about a drifter who is constantly on the road and distant from mainstream society. The vagabond is played by Sandrine Bonnaire, in one of her early roles that gave her prominence in French cinema.

    The title in French is Sans toit ni loi and means “with…

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    ★★★★★

    Time is something we all know but can't tangibly describe with precision because it is being. However, there is a great indicator that has informed Buddhist thought, the four seasons and that's exactly what Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring is about.

    It’s a spiritual reflection by controversial auteur Kim Ki-duk. While the film is an intentional break from his international breakthrough, The Isle, it is clear to see that Kim found a winning formula that fulfilled his vision of…