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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Brief Encounter
  • North by Northwest

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  • The Human Voice

    ★★★½

  • The Cable Guy

    ★★★

  • Killer of Sheep

    ★★★

  • Roger & Me

    ★★★★

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  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★½

    After years of mixed results from the company’s animation output, The Little Mermaid’s huge success launched the Disney Renaissance of the next decade in earnest, an achievement that speaks to how much of a breath of fresh air this feels even now, directors Ron Clements and John Musker taking the classic style of the studio’s early years and (with the help of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s score) applying a kind of Broadway exuberance into the mix that paved the way…

  • Sullivan's Travels

    Sullivan's Travels

    ★★★

    Dissatisfied by the lighthearted fluff he’s spent his career making, Hollywood director John L Sullivan (Joel McCrea) sets out on the road disguised as a hobo to gain experience for his new worthy social drama, but finds his journey harder than first anticipated, in Preston Sturges’ classic comedy co-starring Veronica Lake.

    As one of the first prominent screenwriters to make the crossover to the directors’ chair, Sturges had an unmistakable ear for dialogue that carried across his work, making the…

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  • The Human Voice

    The Human Voice

    ★★★½

    Pedro Almodóvar’s first English language project is a short about a woman (played by Tilda Swinton) who’s caught in a state of flux while waiting for her errant former partner to show up.

    It’s very cleverly told, Almodóvar taking ideas about construction and reality vs artifice from previous effort Pain and Glory (and across the rest of his projects to a large extent) and pushes them to their logical end point, having everything take place on a deliberately non-naturalistic soundstage.…

  • The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy

    ★★★

    The Cable Guy did decently enough at the box office (presumably off the back of Jim Carrey’s then-ascendant mid 90s star power), but audiences expecting another comedy from Carrey didn’t quite know what it make of it at the time. While this film became a cult hit as the years went on I can sort of see why general reception was initially a bit lacklustre, as it’s trying to do a lot in a way that doesn’t always pull off…

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  • Roger & Me

    Roger & Me

    ★★★★

    Roger and Me is the first Michael Moore film I’ve seen, and I think it still packs an enormous punch over 30 years later.

    In what was only his first outing as a filmmaker, Moore takes on a deeply personal subject—looking at the mass closures of General Motors plants in his hometown and the crippling effect it had on the people that lived there—and applies his own highly distinct and idiosyncratic approach to the account, threading humour in his pursuit…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    ★★★½

    There’s nothing else quite like Rocky Horror; in putting it all together for the stage (and subsequently film) Richard O’Brien took classic B movie tropes, sci-fi elements and pieces of US popular culture to filter through a gleefully transgressive lens, changing these ostensibly familiar genre ingredients into something beguilingly new and completely different in the process.

    We’re taken with Brad and Janet from the tweely staid conservatism of their ordinary lives to an anything goes world where inhibitions are thrown…