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  • Criss Cross

    ★★★★½

  • The Killers

    ★★★★½

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★½

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★★

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  • Indochine

    Indochine

    ★★★★½

    Film #7 of the Deneuvember Challenge.

    It can be sometimes difficult to distinguish Catherine Deneuve, the movie icon from Catherine Deneuve, the actress. That's in part because she has appeared in a large number of important films that have achieved classic status, most notably her work in the 60's. This film comes at a time when her career is at something of a crossroads. Her most notable film had been a decade earlier (The Last Metro with Truffaut) and it's…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    A movie made for pure pleasure and entertainment, for lovers of the murder mystery genre and maybe just a sneaky side dish of political satire on the state of America. Rian Johnson previously took the noir genre and gave it a fresh spin and so he does here, taking the classic convention of the murder in a rich family, hiding various amounts of dirty laundry while trying to wheedle their way out of the sly questioning from an eccentric detective.…

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  • Criss Cross

    Criss Cross

    ★★★★½

    I missed The Killers on the big screen and wasn't going to miss Criss Cross. There you can fully appreciate the beautiful lighting of the monochrome scenes, the framing and depth of field in narrow rooms and the bird's-eye view of the centrepiece heist. The melodrama may have aged a little but there's no doubting it's another noir masterpiece from Siodmak.

  • The Killers

    The Killers

    ★★★★½

    I sadly missed this on the big screen at Wellington Film Society a couple of weeks back which would probably have made it a 5 star experience (even with that cheesy final exchange). Being an insurance investigator back in the day must have been an exciting life. But Ava Gardner for the win.

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  • Border

    Border

    ★★★½

    That sex scene will haunt me for years. I've got nothing else sorry.

  • What Keeps You Alive

    What Keeps You Alive

    ★★

    Imagine the most brainless characters and then make them more stupid, just for cheap thrills. To a certain extent, the filmmaker takes his audience to be just as brainless. On the plus side, it's nicely shot and definitely passes the Bechdel test. So there's that.