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  • Spy

    ★★★★

  • Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

  • Bad Trip

    ★★★★

  • I'm Not There

    ★★½

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  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★

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

    Poor sods. Yet another film where modern communications technology would have prevented tragedy. Mr Chow could have just sent Mrs Chan a text to see what she was up to.

    What you need to know about In the Mood for Love is in the title. It's about a mood, not really characters or story. It's a very beautiful film but the characters felt a bit flat. I guess it didn't help that I had screaming kids around. The film is…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

    The Tangerine Dream soundtrack gives so much. Imagine this film with a different soundtrack, like one of those 70s action ones with all the percussion. It would be such a different film. This has all the evocative, smooth atmospheric synth then heart-wrenching electric guitar just when it counts. The soundtrack kind of dates the film, but that's perfectly ok. Also dating the film is how much hairy James Caan flesh there is. When was the last time they let a…

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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★★

    I’m not going to be able to write about this now, because I’m reeling. I know for certain that I’ll watch Carnival of Souls again and again.

    So...mind blown partly because I wrote about half of this in a story when I was a teenager and I definitely hadn’t seen this film. Mind also blown because of literally everything else. The worst thing about it is some bad acting but it actually works incredibly well for the film. How can that be?

  • Zazie dans le Métro

    Zazie dans le Métro

    ★★★★½

    Looney Tunes x Tati x fun Godard + Demy's parrot + je ne sais quoi = Zanzie dans le Metro. It's completely bonkers and unrelenting. Surely it's the pinnacle of whatever the hell it is.

    Pauline Kael said it was a big hit in France and a miss in the US. It's 'almost demonic in its inventiveness' and one critic said 'there's something not quite innocent or healthy' about it. There's definitely a disconcerting, unwholesome undercurrent and I can't decide…