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  • Three Colors: Red
  • Yi Yi
  • After Life
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • Dune

    ★★

  • One Hundred and One Nights

    ★★★½

  • Annette

    ★★★

  • Mauvais Sang

    ★★★★½

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  • One Hundred and One Nights

    One Hundred and One Nights

    ★★★½

    My favourite shot in Jaws comes during the first attack on the crowded beach. We, through the camera, scan the scene, picking out the potential victims. But step back from the story and you'll notice how extraordinary the blocking is. The characters mill about, most headed seawards, the camera following their every move. Together the actors and photographers perform an extraordinary dance, drawing an elusive pattern amongst the beach's chaos. One step further back, however, and you realise that the…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★

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

    Watching this after Mauvais Sang was alarming. Carax seems to have completely lost interest in tight, closed framing and playfulness with angles, speed and colour. All of those allowed the earlier film to pull up the handbrake moments after establishing itself and give us thirty blissful minutes of two people talking. I remember Holy Motors being similarly loose and open, but that film has its camera engaging with the actors, giving them space when they need it - de-mechanising their…

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  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

    Be wary of notes on Taste of Cherry that emphasise its emptiness, dearth of life and lack of meaning. Be wary too of descriptions that suggest nothing happens or that there is no resolution. These are false, and do the film a terrible disservice.

    Taste of Cherry is very dry. Set on hills of churned, kicked-up earth, in autumn fields spotted with trees holding crackling, golden leaves, the film goes out of its way to keep us experientially parched. The…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese, ever passionate about the cinema and the church, has said before that to him the two aren't all that different. I wish I'd seen Silence in a cinema, but instead I viewed it at home, alone until the last act. If Scorsese is right to link the two, then the private dedication of mind to a film can not be far removed from prayer.

    I say this because, theist or atheist, Scorsese's two best movies, Silence and Kundun (I…