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  • Phantom Thread
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  • Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★½

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★½

  • Jack & Diane

    ★★

  • Oslo, August 31st

    ★★★★★

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  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★½

    Incredibly, the only memory of this film I retained after 25 years, or whatever it is, is that it had an impenetrably knotty time-travel plot. Imagine my surprise when, on rewatch, it proved to be eminently straightforward. It is also a much better film than I remember – the Brad Pitt character just stops shy of being impossibly annoying and is, instead, very funny. Bruce Willis offers the humanity the film needs and centres the film whilst the plot is…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★½

    I found this far too precious to enjoy. It looks gorgeous with its milky, glossy B&W photography but the characters were unappealing and their problems uncompelling.

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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Oh my. This film is something else.

    You watch some movies and you feel them to be so wilfully oblique, so purposefully obscure, that you lose interest. 

    Persona, in comparison, is superficially straightforward but also seems to contain a multitude of possible interpretations and of scenes that disturb the mind and the intellect. It is also intensely beautiful. I can't imagine not pondering and returning to Persona many times.

    I watched the entire film with a kind of creeping dread,…

  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries

    ★★★★★

    This was a film that really crept up on me and I found myself unexpectedly moved by the end. It was unexpected because up to this point I was thinking the film wasn't having the impact of The Seventh Seal: that it was a far softer, less rigorous piece of work. For me, what is so magnificent about Wild Strawberries is its cumulative affect. It is a strikingly intelligent film in the way in which it layers it's meanings for…