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  • Videodrome
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  • Solaris
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  • The Orion Loop

    ★★★

  • Enemies

    ★★★

  • The Feather Fairy

    ★★★

  • Liza, the Fox-Fairy

    ★★★½

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  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky combines the mysteries of deep space with an acute look at grief, loneliness and what it means to be human in this stunning sci-fi drama. While the film moves slowly, it is never dull as Tarkovsky makes his film about tension and uncertainty as opposed to thrills and chills. The film is also very much about the way that we react to the unknown, with a curious parallel to draw between the boy scared of the horse in…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★★

    There is nothing real outside our perception of reality, is there? Eleven viewings later and still as fresh as ever, Videodrome is quite possibly the best film ever made about the relationship between viewers and what they view. The film's most iconic image is James Woods sticking his head inside a television set during a hallucination - an image that very much embodies what it feels like to be totally immersed in a film or a television program: the tendency…

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  • The Orion Loop

    The Orion Loop

    ★★★

    Sent to investigate a strange phenomenon in the outer reaches of space, strange things begin to happen to a crew of humans and humanoid androids in this sci-fi outing from Soviet Ukraine. As other have pointed out, the film frequently feels like an attempt to redo what made Solaris so great, however, with far more characters, low quality performances and a less enthralling spacecraft design, the film never once captures the cerebral or meditative heights of the Tarkovsky film. It…

  • Enemies

    Enemies

    ★★★

    Set in a small town in German-occupied 1940s Belarus, this war-themed drama follows the local citizens and soldiers as they try to exist harmoniously side-by-side. Eventually something occurs to rupture the seemingly peaceful occupation and while it is interesting how much this changes things, it is not only the second half of the film that the catalytic revelation occurs and everything is very slow and poorly paced until that point. The film is also irksomely narrated by a never-seen young…

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  • Variola Vera

    Variola Vera

    ★★★½

    Titled after the Latin name for smallpox and inspired by actual events, this Yugoslav movie follows an outbreak of the disease at a Belgrade hospital with panic ensuing. The film is cut from the same cloth as Contagion, and while never as engrossing as that with less enticing characters, the film has enough effective small touches that the overall movie works. A flute has particularly eerie significance in a couple of key scenes, while the initial stages of the disease…

  • Air Conditioner

    Air Conditioner

    ★★★½

    Amid a spate of air conditioning units mysteriously falling out of tall buildings, a security guard and a housemaid team up to retrieve their boss's aircon unit in this unusual Angolan drama. While there are several scenes dedicated to the pair conversing, the film is at its best when the guard wanders the streets alone. The voyeuristic camerawork, often creeping up from behind him, is excellent, and there is some great neon lighting, plus lots of nifty low camera angles…