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  • Modern Romance

    ★★★★

  • Contraband

    ★★★★

  • Requiem for a Dream

    ★½

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★½

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  • Contraband

    Contraband

    ★★★★

    Very clearly in the top tier of the poliziotesschi subgenre to my mind; the plotting of the film is really clever and there’s a high impact violence and gore that punctuates scenes in the film to great effect. Didn’t realise Fulci had it in him to make something so cohesive and satisfying. Testi is an uninteresting lead but one whose everyman ordinariness gets cleverly contextualised at the end as the true power reveals itself.

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★½

    Obnoxious and reactionary movie

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  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★★½

    Dunaway showcases a new kind of acting altogether, a hybrid mixture of camp impersonation and full on demonic possession. Without it, the film ceases to exist. Slimy nostalgia tabloid told with outrageous bombast in an epic tale of what is essentially vignettes, a series of scenes so confusingly put together that any given cut could be anywhere between a split-second reaction shot to a "several years later" interval. Few films depend so much on their central performance, and it's one of the greatest I've ever seen.

  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    ★★★★½

    "I wish I could be as happy as I am with you now, with someone else".