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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    ★★★★½

    There is a scene in this film, a background scene, that completely encapsulates the film for me.

    It is a scene of two shopkeepers judiciously sweeping the bits of sidewalk and road immediately in front of their place of business. In between the two sweepers lies a huge mound of sand.

    No matter how many times they sweep, within minutes any trace of their work will have disappeared.
    It will have made no difference.
    They keep sweeping.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…

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  • The Goddess of 1967

    The Goddess of 1967

    ★★★

    First time around, back in 2014, I gave this 4-1/2 stars. I loved it.

    This time, not so much. It's not because I could anticipate what was coming; I remembered absolutely nothing about the film. Zilch. So what changed? I must have. While there were some fantastic scenes in here (some that looked Wong kar-wai-y, some that looked like they were out of a Guy Maddin film), they really stuck out because the rest of the film, but for some…

  • There Is No Evil

    There Is No Evil

    ★★★★★

    So you think you would not have been a collaborator during any of the wars in the world?

    Of course you wouldn't. You know what evil looks like. You were raised properly. You know the difference between right and wrong. You know that sometimes doing the right thing can be costly. And you would definitely do it. It's who you are.

    But what if, humor me here, what if the occasion actually presented itself to you?

    What if your parents…

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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    Dogtooth is disturbing. It creeps into your psyche and stays there for days. It plays like an absurdist comedy at first but quickly shows its true colours. It is a gripping, compelling, shocking and extremely sad story of three nameless nearly adult children who live in a world created exclusively by their parents.

    By "nameless" I don't mean that we are never told their names; I mean they have no names. The implications of this are enormous (take a minute…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★★

    There is a scene in Man of Steel that says it all.

    In the middle of a showdown with the bad guys in downtown Metropolis with people everywhere, a flaming truck or some other huge thing is thrown towards Superman who is standing in front of a building. A building presumably filled with people.

    Superman jumps out of the way.
    He jumps out of the way.
    Superman.

    The truck goes into the building destroying I don't how many floors killing…