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  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • The Terminator
  • American Psycho

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  • Manhunter

    ★★★★

  • Thief

    ★★★★½

  • There Will Be No More Night

    ★★★

  • Oedipus Rex

    ★★★★★

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  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    ★★★★★

    Wow, come for the hats, stay for the incredible ending!

    I thought this was just going to be a straightforward re-telling of the Oedipus story and, for the most part, it is. The way Pasolini structures his scenes, the way he uses costume and landscape, the way he shoots buildings is all <chefs kiss>.

    However, the last ten minutes of the film recasts all that preceded it into a contemporary(ish) story about the transference and persistence of guilt, and collective…

  • Rocco and His Brothers

    Rocco and His Brothers

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So Simone is the worst character in any film every and I hate him so much. I also hate Rocco for not listening to Nadia. I've just finished this film and now I'm sad.

    Thanks Visconti :-(

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  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    So this film IS confusing to watch in virtue of the non linear, metaphor-laden, structure. But even if you don't follow the 'story', there's still A LOT of really engaging shots and scenes. If you're into cool aesthetics, mood-creation, and cinematography (broadly understood) then this film is for you, regardless.

    The narrative I managed to glean runs something like Tarkovsky's male protagonist's (we'll call him Tarkovsky) marriage is breaking down. This mirrors the breakdown of his parent's marriage and he…

  • Bye Bye Africa

    Bye Bye Africa

    ★★★½

    This was Mubi's film of the day and I watched it for this reason alone, but I'm super glad I did! The film spends around an hour getting us invested in the characters and there are a lot of great shots of Chad. There are also some subtle, fleeting, 'world-building' comments, and some gestures towards wider cultural and political issues that acts to ground the film and give it an authentic ('quasi documentary) feel. The last half hour of the film is where the punches start coming and we get moments of jubilant elation and extreme despair. I'd definitely recommend watching this film.