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  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    The Broken Circle Breakdown

    ★★★½

    I've seen quite a lot of films about relationships breaking apart, all inter cut with flashbacks of when they got together, and they all basically come back to Annie Hall, but while The Broken Circle Breakdown may not be particularly original, it's notably feels a lot different to the other films it resembles due to its unique backdrop of the Belgian country-and-western music scene and the tragic event that causes the fault-lines in the marriage to appear, which is very…

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★½

    5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (Werner Herzog #5)

    It certainly has its moments, and the Nosferatu look is one of the most enduringly frightening images of cinema, with Klaus Kinski perfectly cast, unfolding his fingers like the legs of a spider as he stares hauntingly into another dimension. I did generally enjoy it, but it's just so insignificant when compared to the classic original. It has this strange, dislocated, almost amateurish tone that is sort of atmospheric but also…

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  • Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    ★★★★

    ‘Anna Karenina’ has come under criticism from some quarters as being guilty of style over substance, which I think rather disregards what the film is trying to do. It is, at the end of the day, a film about a society that is entirely concerned with appearances and reputation. It is creates a portrait of a world that is entirely seductive purely on the surface level and this is represented through some quite extraordinary visuals. The grandeur of the aristocratic…

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★½

    4.5/5.0

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has Louise Fletcher essentially playing Mrs. Danvers as a nurse, in an allegory about the dangers of bureaucracy and the corrupting influence of power. That in itself is genius, but add Jack Nicholson’s incredible screen presence and Miloš Forman’s perfect blend of comedy and drama to the mix and you have something particularly special.

    'What are you, crazy or something?