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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire tells the story of Marianne, a painter, and Heloise, a young woman who had previously lived in a convent and is now about be married. Marianne is commissioned to paint Heloise's portrait by her mother the Countess, but without Heloise's knowledge. The portrait is to be sent to her potential fiancé in Milan, but Heloise does not want to be married, as she saw how the idea of marriage affected her elder sister, who…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps the only Miyazaki film I wouldn't recommend to kids, Mononoke starts with a boar god-turned-demon invading a village where Prince Ashitaka kills the boar but acquires its curse. He then travels back to the land from whence it came, a place with war abound, between an upstart lord and the Emperor, and in the midst a mystical forest neighbouring an ironworks controlled by Lady Eboshi, serving the Emperor. Ashitaka learns that Eboshi was the cause of the god's demise…

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  • Don't Look Now

    Don't Look Now

    ★★★★½

    Got this in before it left Criterion along with Performance. Both are stunning stylistic wonders. After the death of their daughter Christine, John and Laura go to Venice for John's work and soon Laura begins to see two elderly sisters who claim they can communicate with Christine. John doesn't believe any of it but soon weird and mysterious things start to happen which culminates in tragedy. Roeg manages to construct a complex tale of unresolved grief while also creating an…

  • In the Loop

    In the Loop

    ★★★★½

    Having seen Veep and having not seen The Thick of It, I gather that this film sits somewhere between the two in terms of tone and perhaps even quality. Veep has had some marvellous seasons, primarily the ones dealing with the election (3, 4, 5 & 6) but the show never had this sort of raw horror behind the satire that In the Loop has. Perhaps it's because this film comes off as having a level of accuracy and reality to…