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  • The Green Ray
  • Dragon Inn
  • Morocco
  • Cemetery Man

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  • Fiddler on the Roof

    ★★★

  • Shadows

    ★★★

  • Local Hero

    ★★★★

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★★

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  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★★½

    James Corden is electrifying.

  • Footprints

    Footprints

    ★★★

    Not entirely sold on this one. It’s ‘giallo without the murders’ schtick amounts to not very much beyond turgid albeit stylish and beautiful melodrama. The Vittorio Storaro photography is typically jaw dropping however and the film creates a thick atmosphere of melancholy and the uncanny that undeniably leaves an impression.

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  • A Ship to India

    A Ship to India

    ★★★★

    One of Bergman's earlier films yet perhaps one of his most formally dynamic, his camera is on the prowl here in a way it never was again. It's about how we compartmentalise and shut away emotion and all that makes us human and complex, this is the folly of the protagonists drunken, abusive father Alexander Blom who has a secret room filled with treasures from exotic and distant places he longs to visit but never will. Beautiful soft sepia tinting. Bergman also captures a charming, quintessentially period nautical atmosphere, all model ships, tattered oceanographic charts and cumbersome diving suits.

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★½

    Park Chan-wook gets in touch with his "feminine" side in a ridiculously superficial and unconvincing way. All of protagonist Geum-ja's feminine characteristics are laughably one note, she is defined by her excellent baking, her love of frilly, pretty things and the mascara on her face. The film does feel like an inherently female story, maybe even feminist in an extremely clumsy way, it's (at least partially) about motherhood and exacting vengeance on oppressive, abusive male figures however it's impossible to…