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  • 4 Little Girls
  • Female Trouble
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • The Whispering Star

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  • Squid Game

  • Pittsburgh

    ★★

  • The Flame of New Orleans

    ★★½

  • The Watermelon Woman

    ★★★★

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  • The Whispering Star

    The Whispering Star

    ★★★★

    "Mementos of a world lost drift endlessly through space at the helm of delivery robot Yuko Suzuki of the Suzuki corporation. In Sion Sono’s The Whispering Star, humans exist and nothing else. Outnumbered by machines and resistant to technology, humanity is caught in an infinite cycle of waiting and longing. Longing for a past which they have destroyed through their environmental irresponsibility. Filmed in Fukushima — post-nuclear disaster — and featuring residents of towns that have been affected by the…

  • Cops vs. Thugs

    Cops vs. Thugs

    ★★★★

    'Yakuza and cops are just the same. We respect the law instead of a code. We’re the dropouts who couldn’t get good jobs.’

    ‘We too are the dropouts of society. We all are!'

    "Corrupt institutions whose original purposes have become eroded and replaced by pawns of the capitalist society they inherit. This ever-changing, impermeable alliance between characters is highlighted by Fukasaku’s camera. Battles devolve into a sweeping landscape of betrayal with snitches followed by the judging eye of the camera…

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  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    CW: rape

    I think this film really needs to learn what the word subtlety means because some things are a bit too obvious. And by a bit too obvious I mean the devil is a penis, the warmongering tyrant's head consists of a skull and crossbones and a vagina is represented as a flower.

    Apart from the lack of any kind of nuance, the film feels completely against what the supposed message is. There are long and objectifying shots of…

  • Kate Bush: Christmas TV Special

    Kate Bush: Christmas TV Special

    You know you've reached the Christmas season when you watch Kate Bush scream "violin" on stage whilst human-sized violins dance around her.