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  • Pather Panchali
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Thing
  • Tokyo Story

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  • Orphan: First Kill

    ★★★

  • Where the River Padma Flows

    ★★★

  • Runaway

    ★★★★

  • Scientists of Tomorrow

    ★★★½

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  • God Told Me To

    God Told Me To

    ★★★½

    A sudden eruption of shootings across New York committed by random people sparks a public frenzy. It's up to an NYPD cop to find out what caused each perpetrator to appallingly act out. Their repeated 'God Told Me To' propels the troubled Catholic detective on with the investigation as he searches for his own personal answers.

    Larry Cohen wrote, produced, and directed 'God..' as per his audacious style. Combining elements of supernatural horror, crime procedural mystery, and wacky science fiction,…

  • A Man There Was

    A Man There Was

    ★★★★

    This is a story about a man suffering a deep sorrow, pulling him closer to madness only to be restored through his love for humanity.

    ‘A Man There Was’ aka 'Terje Vigen' was based on Henrik Ibsen's 1862 poem bearing the same name. Half a century later (give or take) Swedish director, Victor Sjöström, adapted it into a haunting, psychological drama. With the introductory intertitles and framing of Sjöström's wild-eyed countenance (yes, he also plays the titular protagonist) in the…

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  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★½

    “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”



    Ah, the musical. Never has one association packed so much torturous memories. Notwithstanding my contemptuous dismissal there were some rare exceptions.
    Back in the 80s when I was growing up, my allergic reaction to musicals was not so pronounced. To this day apart from a handful of others, ‘Wizard of Oz’ is one I will happily have the time of day…

  • Don't Look Now

    Don't Look Now

    ★★★★

    "Nothing is what it seems"

    Of all the films revolving around loss, 'Don't Look Now' has to be one of the most acutely aware. When I watched this in my twenties, I was struck by the moody art direction, the confrontation on human finitude and death. Nicholas Roeg employs a dissociative almost subliminal style of imagery to suggest how a couple, John and Laura Baxter are haunted after the death of their child. When a trip is taken to Venice,…