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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    If I had a nickel for every time I see on film an exotic bird invade a sleepless man's bedchamber, I would have two nickels which ain't much but it's weird it has happened twice. Was there a secret competition going on in 1974 and 1975 about how many birds you could cram into your film to make it look as surreal as possible?
    If PatHR raised titillating unanswered questions, apart from the central mystery, one too many times for…

  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    ★★★★

    I was in ninth grade. My school had for every grade a great big blackboard on which the rankings of the top ten students who aced each month's Chapter End Test were chalked in. Some boy, or boys, changed my name on the board 'Jasmine' to 'Jackie' which is a popular name for dogs in my country. After the October (or was it December?) holidays ended, the teachers suddenly stopped caring and didn't bother to rewrite the new top ten.…

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  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ½

    I didn't know you could make a film this bad.

    A Clockwork Orange is an utter failure and no amount of praises from whomever, revered critic or film buff, would be able to persuade me otherwise.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    Did the Safdie brothers watch the finished project at all?
    If they did, it would have been with the sound off.

    I imagine their and the composer's (Daniel Lopatin) music taste must be so unpalatable. Seriously, the sound design of Uncut Gems is the shittiest I've ever come across amongst some 500 films that I've seen in what pitiable length of my lifetime. And no, I'm not talking about the everyone-speaking-over-everyone thing. I'm talking about the original sound track. Apparently…