Max

British, 19. 

Favourite directors: Kurosawa, Leone, Scorsese, Melville, Fellini, Kobayashi, Wilder & Kubrick.

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  • Il Posto

    Il Posto

    ★★★★½

    Il Posto is a film that doesn’t focus on anything but captures everything. Whether it be the beautifully shot documentarian style or the manipulation of the actors to create such authenticity, Ermanno Olmi directs the film beautifully to create one of the greatest exports of Italian neo-realism ever made. The tranquility and peace can easily be seen as nervousness and anxiety. A sense of romance seems so special but quickly fades into an afterthought in the unforgiving and unaccommodating wave…

  • Divorce Italian Style

    Divorce Italian Style

    ★★★★

    Only Mastroianni could make such a pathetic and horrible character so likeable, one of his best performances. This is an amazing film, so much entertainment to be had. The story and the way it is told are incredibly over the top but beneath that there is a very real social critique, summed up by the genius final shot. The score is really great for a comedy of this era too, not spoofy but sets the tone just right. Divorce Italian Style is nothing but comedic royalty.

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    This film still doesn’t get enough credit in my eyes. Every gangster film before this glorified gangsters in one way or another, but Leone completely ends that part of the genre in a similar way he did with Once Upon a Time in the West 16 years earlier. This is a grimy, honest and unsympathetic look into the myth of the American dream from the eyes of a european. The figures here aren’t obsessed by family/loyalty but rather by their…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

    I’ve not generally been as wowed by Sorkin’s work to this point as everyone else but that definitely changed with this film. His heavily-dialogue based style just suits a courtroom drama to a tee. The script is excellent and thoroughly engaging throughout the 2 hour runtime. The cast is fantastic and never feels wasted in any way, all of the performances worked for me. It’s political themes are all very well realised and end up in a solid critique of…