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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Film #3 of the Hoop-tober 3.0 Challenge!

    Rule: A film from before 1970

    One of the most terrifying films about possession ever made, this is Gothic drama turned up to 11, the atmosphere dripping with foreboding, the cherubic children hiding malevolent danger. And just a few years after her sunny turn as a governess in The King and I, Deborah Kerr is once again a governess, but this time, her disposition begins with light but soon descends into a dark…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. The tender boughs of innocence burn first, and the wind rises, and then all goodness is in jeopardy.

    The more often I watch this, the more I believe this is David Lynch's masterpiece. And it's difficult to understate just how good both Sheryl Lee and Ray Wise are in the film. The bleak inevitability of Laura Palmer's fate make this one of the greatest horror films ever made.

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  • Army of Shadows

    Army of Shadows

    ★★★★★

    This is no rose-tinted version of life in the French resistance during WWII - sometimes brutal, occasionally hopeful but ultimately an existential homage to the men and women who sacrificed everything to free their country from the shackles of fascist oppressors. It's made by a filmmaker at the top of his game, with a cast of actors inhabiting their roles with modesty towards their forbears but even so, you can't take your eyes off every scene with Simone Signoret in it - not for glamour but for soulful pathos that anchors the second half of the film. A towering film that hasn't aged a day.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★

    Last night I went to Manderly again, and boy did it look gorgeous on screen thanks to stunning production design and Wheatley regular DOP, Laurie Rose. I can only imagine how lovely it would look on a big screen canvas rather than on Netflix. Kristen Scott Thomas gives a frosty and controlled turn as the iconic Mrs Danvers, a puppeteer par excellence. And there's a fruity turn from Ann Dowd as the rich corpulent companion who is initially the reason…

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  • Border

    Border

    ★★★½

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

  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    ★★★★½

    How do you follow up the magnificent monochrome of Embrace of the Serpent? With this, an epic which tracks the rise and fall of a small time drug trafficker and the family into which he marries. The traditions of the Wayuu people contrast with the encroaching rise of the modern drug trade. Ostensibly the centre is Raphayet, as the man initially on the make but he is soon confronted with his new family's matriarch, Ursula played as a cross between…