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  • The Castle

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  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

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  • Love at Sea

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  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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    Pretty much pitch perfect in every conceivable way, from the performances and the direction to the atmosphere and wonderous scoring, though it was the unexpectedly moving ending that suddenly sealed the deal for me as an all time favourite, a denouement of such extraordinary romanticism that I'll happily admit caught me off guard, this light-hearted comedy fantasy with such a daft premise had quietly disarmed all my critical faculties and rendered me a blubbering mess.

    Non-horror ghost stories had already…

  • Platform

    Platform

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    Zhangke has described Platform as a weight on his heart that if he didn't remove he wouldn't be able to do anything else, a film so epic in scope that it couldn't be his feature debut as intended, but instead became a sophomore effort and his magnum opus.

    Spanning a tumultuous decade that begins in 1979, the film follows the lives of a group of young people during China's Cultural Revolution, a generation swept up by changes so drastic that…

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  • The Castle

    The Castle

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    Balabanov does Kafka with a suitably nightmarish adaptation of his unfinished novel and though the iconography is faithful to the source and not a direct social critique as much of his later work was, the absurdity and surrealism of the German novelist is a fitting analogue for that of the Soviet Union.

    It's interesting that such a confrontational director chose to avoid any direct comparisons with the totalitarian state under which he lived and operated, instead achieving rebellion through simply…

  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

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    An exceptionally accomplished film from a country so rarely seen on the big screen, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese's drama immerses the audience in the vibrant, earthy beauty of Lesotho and radically expresses the collective struggle of its people between modernity and tradition through the story of one elderly woman, who channels a personal tragedy into a resistance movement against the powers that be.

    Shot like a magical realist fable, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection unmistakably falls into the…

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  • Antoine and Colette

    Antoine and Colette

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    Friendzone: New Wave edition.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

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    The Final Cut. Cinema City, Norwich.

    Tonight my dream came true. Blade Runner on the big screen. Every time I watch it it's a different experience, there's something new that I didn't notice before, details emerge from the rain and smog that weren't apparent before. Hearing the reverberating sound that begins the film, I was immediately immersed in the tech-noir world of Los Angeles, 2019 and this followed by the opening shots of industrial cityscape sent chills down my spine,…