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  • Pather Panchali
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Thing
  • Tokyo Story

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  • Dreamscape

    ★★★

  • Truly Miss Marple: The Curious Case of Margaret Rutherford

    ★★★★

  • An English Haunting

    ★★★★

  • The Face of Another

    ★★★★½

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★½

    As with many transgressive filmmakers past and present, Ken Russell’s ‘The Devils’ caused an uproar upon its theatrical release. It’s notoriety precedes it namely for the explicit sexual imagery which would incur the wrath of the British censors who deemed it unfit for public consumption for decades. An adaptation of two texts - Aldous Huxley’s 1952 philosophical ‘The Devils of Loudun’ which in turn inspired John Witing’s 1961 play also named ‘The Devils’. The two sources would coalesce in Russell’s vision…

  • The Face of Another

    The Face of Another

    ★★★★½

    The third in four collaborations between leading avant-garde writer Kobo Abe and independent filmmaker, Hiroshi Teshigahara in post-war Japan. A psychological thriller employing classic science fiction components centers on Okuyama, a chemist disfigured in a tragic industrial accident. He dons a form-fitting mask in the hope of regaining the affections of his wife and acceptance in the world he inhabits. In doing so, his personality morphs and assumes a life of its own, infinitely more harmful than society's reaction to…

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  • Adam

    Adam

    ★★★½

    I always think comedy in films particularly in dramas is a tricky skill to pull off. There’s a fine line between being creative and trying too hard. And as can be the case, the novel approach can have the adverse effect of offending the viewer. Nine times out of ten, that is the style of comedy I go for. I will veer towards the eccentric, the absurd and the extreme. And to these ends, I find myself turning to world…

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★½

    “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”



    Ah, the musical. Never has one association packed so much torturous memories. Notwithstanding my contemptuous dismissal there were some rare exceptions.
    Back in the 80s when I was growing up, my allergic reaction to musicals was not so pronounced. To this day apart from a handful of others, ‘Wizard of Oz’ is one I will happily have the time of day…