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  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • The Third Man

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  • The Trial

  • The Driver

    ★★★½

  • Enter the Dragon

    ★★★½

  • Aftersun

    ★★★★

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★

    It’s always refreshing to see an action hero with some depth, and not just a hunk of muscle with a badass attitude (unless you’re Arnie and you have the outrageous one-liners and charisma to pull it off). John Rambo in First Blood is fractured and mentally still suffering from post traumatic stress during the aftermath of the Vietnam war. It doesn’t help that Vietnam war veterans were largely neglected and left to fend on their own with that PTSD, and…

  • Dheepan

    Dheepan

    ★★★½

    The Criterion Challenge 2022 (Film 42/52)
    #33: Cannes Film Festival Winners

    First and foremost, I’d have to admit that the subject is one that personally hits home. My grandparents were Sri Lankan immigrants who long ago fled the country due to civil unrest and persecution faced, being minority Tamils. So my experience with Dheepan would differ from most; an admission that it was easy to root for and emphatise with the central characters from the get go, Sri Lankan Tamil…

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  • The Driver

    The Driver

    ★★★½

    There is a real kinetic surge with the car chase sequences at the beginning and at the end of the film. Loved the camera movements and shallow depth of field that brought out the blurry night lights and blue-green hues, but everything else in between those scenes doesn’t reach the same heights. The biggest problem being the film seemed a tad too tonally flat for my liking. Atmosphere without narrative tension or an emotional core to carry it. Terrific visuals and set pieces, but essentially little more than excitement in a void.

  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★

    So refreshing. Highly effective despite it’s lack of outwardly tension, at least narratively. The downside of the unconventionality being it took me until after the film to appreciate some of the nuances in the dynamics of the relationship between the two central characters, and the viewing experience leant toward being a tad monotonous. There is plenty to be felt afterwards, as the themes and what is implied becomes rather sad, and that sometimes makes a film more memorable.

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  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★★★

    In Bringing Up Baby, Howard Hawks made a creative choice that he eventually regretted, mainly as a result of the poor box office performance at the time of its release. He felt in making all the characters whacky in their own way, there was no anchor for some form of normalcy in the midst of the absurdity and for the audience to relate to.

    Thank god he went with his first instinct because the end product is nothing short of the…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★½

    Being someone who loves films with visual styles that are particularly attuned to mood, emotion and dramatic subtext, this was quite the treat. From the arresting opening sequence to the multitudes of parallels drawn between the blue tints in the lighting and glaring use of orchestral music to establish the connection to the past and the suppression of grief, there is plenty that is incredibly inventive and interesting cinematically. If I’m being picky, the subplot with the mistress and using…