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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★

    This is patently not a film for everyone and it is full of tedious and laboured stretches but the first half at least contains some of von Trier's greatest gallows humour and it has a firecracker of an ending. A repugnant, dubious and fascinating insight into this director's tortured id.

  • Youth of the Beast

    Youth of the Beast

    ★★★★½

    A kinetically entertaining and brutal Yakuza thriller. This is less formally avant-garde than either Branded to Kill or Tokyo Drifter and the plot twists and jolts as double-cross is piled upon double-cross but the pacing never lets up. Suzuki is an arch stylist and is able to compose cooly efficient and beautiful images out of odd camera angles and bold colours.

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  • Brazil

    Brazil

    ★★★★★

    Sure, Gilliam can often be a messy and frustrasting director, with his films frequently overstuffed and overwhelmed from a surfeit of bold visual ideas (his last film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus being a prime example of being a mad, visually exuberent folly.) But I adore this film so much - from its Orwellian satire to the gorgeous, noir-ish set design and gallows humour. It remains one of Gilliam's most visionary, breathtaking works. A (flawed) masterpiece.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Midsommar was equal parts deeply silly and deeply ravishing, bolstered by the Haxan Cloak's score and Pugh/Reynor's dogged committment to Aster's frenzied folklore freakout. It takes the somnambulant pacing of Hereditary to its extreme. This film will both alienate and enthrall.