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  • Girl in the Picture

    ★★★

  • ABBA - The Last Video

    ★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Two Wives

    ★★★★

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  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    Poem written by Yasujirō Ozu on the death of his mother in 1962:

    Down in the valley it is already spring
    Clouds of cherry blossoms;
    But here, the sluggish eye, the taste of mackerel -
    The blossoms are melancholy
    And the flavor of sake becomes bitter.

    [Note: 'the taste of mackerel' translates as 'sanma no aji', the Japanese title of An Autumn Afternoon]

  • The Tamarind Seed

    The Tamarind Seed

    ★★★★★

    'Everyone has a conscience..' (Julie Andrews as Judith Farrow)
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    Brief Synopsis: A Soviet military attaché (Omar Sharif), on holiday in Barbados, meets and falls in love with a British widow (Julie Andrews) under the scrutiny of intelligence agents from both sides.
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    Verdict: A mid-'70's romantic spy drama with Doctor Zhivago a-wooing Mary Poppins under the Caribbean sun may not sound great on paper but with the versatile Blake Edwards in the directorial chair, lush widescreen cinematography from Freddie…

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  • Girl in the Picture

    Girl in the Picture

    ★★★

    An undoubtedly engrossing true crime doc, cleverly presented for maximum impact, but I was left feeling grubby and in need of a shower afterwards to wash away the unremitting grimness of the content I had just witnessed. If only the memory of it could be so easily cleansed from my mind..

  • ABBA - The Last Video

    ABBA - The Last Video

    ★★

    22 years after ABBA's last 'official' promo clip for the song Under Attack in 1982, the awesome foursome were briefly reunited for this bizarre short film which sees the illustrious Scandinavian popsters portrayed as puppet dolls - created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop - rocking up at the offices of a slimy music mogul (Rik Mayall) to play a few of their best known tunes (Take A Chance On Me, Dancing Queen, Waterloo, The Winner Takes It All) in the…

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Le Notti Bianche

    Le Notti Bianche

    ★★★★★

    10 Reasons why I adore Luchino Visconti's Le Notti Bianche:

    1. It's the second radical film interpretation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky story (in this case his short work White Nights) from the '50's, equal in quality to Akira Kurosawa's tremendous version of The Idiot (1951).

    2. Despite having a CV littered with such masterpieces as Ossessione, La Terra Trema, Senso, Rocco And His Brothers and The Leopard, none of them contains the romantic longing of this picture.

    3. It's entirely…