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  • A Clockwork Orange
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  • Foolish Wives

    ★★★½

  • Pretty Woman

    ★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★★

  • Empire of Passion

    ★★★½

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Béla Tarr puts me into a trance. Have you ever gazed at mud so long that you begin to realise an intricate beauty in it? Do you perhaps come to appreciate its consistent texture or its effervescent gleam? At some point during the seven hours you’ll spend inside the filthy world of Sátántangó, you’ll be able to answer “yes” to either one of these questions. As a pure mood piece on entropy and desolation, few films surpass it. Tarr’s mise-en-scene…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    ★★★★★

    One would be hard pressed to walk away from In the Realm of the Senses without having formulated an opinion or have gone through some sort of emotional response. This film is a prime example of the power of the medium. It is nearly impossible to shut off the body and brain’s response to what is being presented. We are conditioned to react to the stimulating and titillating elements of film, despite the fact that film is a (mostly) two-dimensional…

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  • Foolish Wives

    Foolish Wives

    ★★★½

    Renting a cliffside castle in Monte Carlo (a magnificent replica built in the Hollywood studio) and tucking in caviar for breakfast, Sergius and co. must earn extra lucre to maintain their opulent existence besides the usual business with the banknote counterfeiter Cesare Ventucci, who, inexplicably, still lives in the sleazy environs with his dim-witted but nubile daughter Marietta. When a US envoy arrives to meet Albert I, Prince of Morocco, Sergius finds his next quarry in the person of Helen…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    It all began with the simplest of questions— “What’s your favourite scary movie?” — in a scene that has gone down in history as one of the greatest all-time openers in cinema; no spoilers, but if you aren’t aware of just why Drew Barrymore is synonymous with the genre then you have some serious rectifying to do. Subverting expectations is what Wes Craven mastered within the Scream series, whether it was placing one of his biggest stars in immediate peril or…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★★

    Adam McKay wrote the script for Don’t Look Up in a pre-pandemic world. Today, nearly two years into the pandemic, his film about the politicisation of issues that ought not be considered political still rings eerily prophetic.

    At some moments, Don’t Look Up feels like it has a never-ending list of high grossing celebrities that will enter the scene at any moment. I would have been hardly surprised if Kylie Jenner emerged to play the role of an influencer using…

  • Empire of Passion

    Empire of Passion

    ★★★½

    Nagisa Ōshima‘s Empire of Passion involves a plot that could work its way into any average mystery, thriller, or melodrama. Themes such as guilt, passion, dishonesty, and fate almost inevitably bubble up. We expect the adulteress to be placed under suspicion by both her own husband and the people whom she is close with, and ultimately punished for her infidelity. Perhaps we anticipate some violence in one way or another. Ōshima is without a doubt aware of the conventions he…