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Recent reviews

  • Indiscreet



    I don't know if anyone else gets irritated by these things, but the accents in this are all over the place. Apart from Ingrid Bergman, all the actors are British. The film is set in London, indeed it makes a point of including several recognisable locations like Cleopatra's Needle on the Victoria Embankment and the magnificent Painted Hall at the Greenwich Royal Naval College. All the British actors speak in curious accents, which are mainly British RP but with a…

  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries


    Watched again on Blu-ray (Cinema Paradiso) 21/08/2022 and still very firmly in my Top 100. When I first saw it in 1995, in my 30s, its evocation of the melancholic nostalgia of an old man really affected me (though Ingmar Bergman wasn't yet 50 when he wrote and directed it). Interestingly, over 25 years later, when I'm considerably closer to the situation of Isak Borg, so magnificently depicted here by veteran director, Victor Sjöström, it doesn't have quite the same emotional punch but it's still astonishing and so fresh and unusual still.

Popular reviews

  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What kicks this up a notch from being a good film to a great film for me is the scene where Monty pressurises his best friend Frank into beating him up so he'll be less attractive to sexual predators in prison, while their close friend Jake looks on. What could have been an opportunity to indulge in sensationalist violence under cover of a superficial 'examination' of machismo and masculinity becomes a wrenching and emotional scene, extremely hard to watch not…

  • Lichtspiel: Opus I

    Lichtspiel: Opus I


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    1001 films that will reward your time boxd.it/1FRRk (9th edition 2021).

    At the birth of cinema, all films were experimental films, yet for a medium emerging in an era of rapid technological change and modernist thinking, the content of mainstream film-making rapidly succumbed to melodramatic Victorian moralising. While there were early examples of artists using the medium deliberately to challenge conventional ideas of representation and reality (Émile Cohl is an example: see Fantasmagorie (1908)), it wasn’t until the ‘rules’ of…