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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★

    Wong Kar-wai uses two loosely connected storylines to conduct a lyrical exploration of love and longing in the hazy landscape of urban Hong Kong. It's a film of notable balance. About the broken-hearted and the dreamers. Infused with regret for the past and hope for the future. By turns energetic, playful, bittersweet and tranquil. Containing both fleeting glances and flamboyant gestures. Wong doesn't try to clearly spell things out; instead he crafts a style that is much more impressionistic, which…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★½

    Unsurprisingly a cult classic; David Cronenberg fusing his trademarks of body horror, warped eroticism and visceral imagery together with an unconventional critique of how mass media distorts our perception of reality. It's distinctly of its time yet its themes remain relevant, to the point where you could update it for the internet age and it would still feel potent.

    Just don't expect any straightforward plotting; it's a typically weird piece with Cronenberg's skill at taking mundane settings and gradually imbuing…

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  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★

    Despite Rosamund Pike's spot on portrayal of a stone cold sociopath, I found this vibrant blending of crime thriller and black comedy to be extremely unfocused. For all it's attempting to do it ends up landing in a prosaic middle ground; the decided lack of depth, wit and darkness means it doesn't leave much of an impression. I do like how energetic it is thanks to the snappy editing and spirited direction, while the performances are all good with Pike…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    Billy Wilder's magnificent film remains one of the best ever made about the dark side of fame and celebrity. A masterful depiction of two people at opposite ends of the Hollywood industry; the faded movie star and the desperate writer, using their manipulative relationship to examine the superficiality of stardom and how destructively it warps self-identity. Its combination of noir, satire and ghostly psychological drama is flawless; somehow managing to be creepy, witty, scathing, bleak and tragic without any of…