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  • Moon Garden
  • Fairytale
  • Ticket of No Return
  • Turkish Delight

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  • Tiger Stripes

    ★★★★½

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences

    ★★★★★

  • We Have Never Been Modern

    ★★★★

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  • On the Path

    On the Path

    ★★★★★

    You’re now a religious expert? You used to vomit from drink at grandma’s house. Now you preach?

    Having been impressed by her Quo vadis, Aida? (2020), I’m now exploring other works of Jasmila Žbanić, a talented director and writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    I have to admit that I wasn’t prepared (well, not that one can nor should be, really) how deeply I would be moved by On the Path and its underlying message.

    Being out-and-out secular humanist myself, I found this to be such…

  • X&Y

    X&Y

    ★★★★★

    Near genius (imho) !

    A stellar Scandinavian A-list cast and a movie that had me at hello.

    It’s somewhat hard to describe, I can only drop some of my personal associations that crossed my mind: Touch Me Not (2018), Dogville (2003), I’m Not There (2008)Daisy Diamond (2007), Festen (1998) and a Dogme 95 ethos, sort of... all that as an experiment exploring gender, sexuality, our alter egos and our three identities - who we truly are, who we would like to be…

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  • Tiger Stripes

    Tiger Stripes

    ★★★★½

    If I were a woke film critic, I might argue that women's stories should be told exclusively by female filmmakers rather than by "white heterosexual men". However, with Tiger Stripes I cannot imagine a man having delivered such an intricate story.

    In her feature debut, Amanda Nell Eu, a Malaysians filmmaker and the London Film School graduate, tackles a subject I cannot and will never be able to fully understand for two main reasons - I’m a Westerner and, more…

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    I couldn’t fathom it failing and it did not.

    When Dune (2021) was released 3 years ago, I genuinely wasn’t familiar with the Dune story, its cultural/sci-fi heritage, or its impact. I hadn’t read any of Frank Herbert books either, nor had I seen Lynch’s (alleged failed) adaptation of it, Dune (1984).

    So, I went in blind with Dune (2021), drawn by the hype it was attracting, and emerged as a fan of Villeneuve’s stunning cinematography.

    Since I’m not exactly a…

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  • Moon Garden

    Moon Garden

    ★★★★★

    What a charm! (I know, I say that a lot when I’m this excited)

    Each year, I have a standout favourite among the movies released and seen within that same year. Similarly, every year, there's also that 'hidden gem' and ‘under the radar’ movie that I discover a bit later, quite often via reading some obscure end-of-the-year lists.

    Moon Garden, released in 2022 but gaining wider release and recognition in 2023, was that hidden gem for me, which I've now…

  • The Match Factory Girl

    The Match Factory Girl

    ★★★★½

    I'd prefer a girl, but if you want a boy, I'll want one, too. For a girl, you can buy such pretty clothes and boys are always interested in rough games like ice hockey.

    Kaurismäki, Kaurismäki…my friend.

    Is it just me but sometimes it does feel as if all of his movies I’ve seen are now this one big ginormous Kaurismäki movie in my head, a single movie of his cinematic Universe, rather than individual movies and stories?

    Also, I…