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  • The Fly

    ★★★★½

  • The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

  • Crumb

    ★★★★★

  • The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★½

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  • The River

    The River

    ★★★★½

    Cinema has long provided examples of the natural resource water as a force for good, stipulating that it is an invaluable source of life for the planet. In the films of Tsai Ming-liang, however, water is often sketched with dialectical considerations resembling a symbol of decay and death, and no more so is this discernible than in his film "The River," which originally focuses on three isolated characters presumably with no connection other than living in the same Taiwanese area,…

  • The Sweet Hereafter

    The Sweet Hereafter

    ★★★★★

    A tsumani of grief decimates much of the adult population existing in this rural Canadian town, frozen beneath a blanket of snow where an encumbered community remain enduring immense loss. The school bus allegedly drove over a patch of ice, forcing the vehicle to magnetically veer off sideways through a guard rail and down a hillside, resulting in the harrowing deaths of the many child passengers. In a lot of movies, this tragic event would be a centrepiece spectacle, but…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    ‘With their frankly uterine shapes and vulviform glass doors,’ opines theorist Helen Robbins about the pods of this scientist's teleportation device, they are ‘clear womb simulacra.’ I have heard many put forth the analogy that writing a novel is the closest someone without a vaginal opening can come to giving birth: you conceive the idea, you nourish it for months and, without an epidural aid, you finally find the strength to release your baby into the world. Once delivered, you…

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

    On the sixth day God created mankind, but why was he having such a bad day refining his cosmos? Before the homecoming queen picture frame of murdered school girl Laura Palmer rigidly remained counteracting the infected lives of a "Twin Peaks" community supplanted by evil, David Lynch opened (and closed) his version of "The Elephant Man" with a photographic image of the eponymous figure's mother. She had the face of an angel, this son remarks to a listener. He laments…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    In-the-zone (adjective) : in a mental state of focused concentration on the performance of an activity, in which one dissociates oneself from distracting or irrelevant aspects of one’s own environment.

    The Zone is the destination for these figures, serving as a site of potential promise for those civilians hopelessly dissatisfied with their environment. This abandoned, quarantined venue is fraught with danger and uncertainty; they who have passed into its realm have rarely returned to reveal the secrets of their unique…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    ‘Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.’
    ~ George Bernard Shaw

    Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" will forever more be known as the first film not in the English-language to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, a noteworthy historical achievement long overdue for global cinema. The multi-faceted nature of the film: it confidently crystallises a variety of artistic genres and tones, appeals to a universal audience - even those…