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  • The Great White Silence
  • A Woman Is a Woman
  • God of Gamblers
  • Mangrove

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  • King Richard

    ★★

  • The Great White Silence

    ★★★★½

  • Heart of Glass

    ★★½

  • The Kings

    ★★½

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  • Gilda

    Gilda

    ★★★★

    No insane heel and their little friend cages birdy under contract.

    Gilda feels like a flipped revisionist noir, with the misogynist gold-digging fatale slandered as bad news from the outset in an awkward bros before hos triangle, but it's all just a harmless theater needling the wanton wench archetype, written with the monstrous zeal of a bitterest ex and gambling addict who wants to call her shots once more and muzzle the nightingale's wayward affections. It is hard being a…

  • Gold

    Gold

    ★★★½

    Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I think Anthony Hayes pared this setup down nicely into an ancient fable all its own, older than civilisation, textured to the bone, and coming after Ten Empty he consolidates himself as a dependable director stewed in his material which are sent out into the world like maggoty pounds of flesh with no lies left to tell.

    It is ambiguously Australia, but another one of those near-future ones ala Mad Max (the first)…

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  • Heart of Glass

    Heart of Glass

    ★★½

    I've been catching up with a few unseen early Herzogs so far this year and haven't had a very good time with any of them. This one once again has a character beset by maniacal laughter plus some of the usual human commentary, animal endangerment and naturist travelogue. The bulk of the actors were hypnotised which I'd believe based on the results. The glass blowing scenes are a pleasant watch, but otherwise middling Werner shtick, I'm starting to think only a couple of his films will properly floor me.

  • Master Cheng

    Master Cheng

    ★★★

    Grieving father & son from Shanghai enter a Finland village looking for their elusive "Fongtron" MacGuffin. Finding no luck for the time being, and being a professional chef, he volunteers to help out with the diner's lunch menu (which is really just the same slop every day), and the woman owner gives them a place to stay for a couple days. The locals are set in their ways and initially reluctant to branch out their tastes to these new various creations,…

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  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    Match Point is everything I was hoping, and more. Woody serves up arguably his most delightfully rich genre reinvention, kind of like a reimagining of A Place in the Sun with a dash of Crime & Punishment.

    Match Point is a curious cross-reference of influences. It has the bedrock of a Woody Allen film. The emotional energy and relationship betrayal of a Hitchcockian dark thriller. And a sliver of Barry Lyndon Irish rogue penetration of high society to it. Most of…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.

    This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.

    You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth.…