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  • Apocalypse Now
  • Brazil
  • Raging Bull
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Time

    ★★★½

  • The Isle

    ★★★★

  • 3-Iron

    ★★★★

  • The Conformist

    ★★★★★

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  • Time

    Time

    ★★★½

    Undergoing plastic surgery in order to obtain physical beauty doesn't always beget happiness, and can even cause more misery by failing to meet impossible expectations. 'Time' is Kim Ki-duk's surprisingly principled look at the enervating effects of toxic perfectionism. It's overflowing with typology, ( giant hands representing ' divine acceptance') and sometimes ties itself in knots with too many ideas vying for attention, but it ultimately succeeds in being a ruminative study of the consequences of going under the knife…

  • The Isle

    The Isle

    ★★★★

    Corrupted by civilisation, poisoned by self-hatred or just unbearable boredom could be some of the reasons why a man and a woman part of a hostile community adrift in pastel coloured floating huts spend time indulging in extreme sadomasochism. Unbridled savagery abounds in the frequently shocking ' The Isle,' a film likely to disturb even those with a super high tolerance for screen violence. Fish hooks are swallowed, regurgitated and inserted into genitalia. Pliers are used to extract teeth. Blood…

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  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★

    This strangely touching love story channels a dreamlike state of consciousness where the limitations of reality are surpassed by boundless imagination. A world is turned upside down. The observed becomes the observer. What is opaque becomes transparent. The normal rules of time and space are eclipsed. The only certainty is that everything eventually evanesces. Time is precious.
    Kim Ki-duk uses artfully constructed symbolism to tell his story. A burgeoning romance between two pariahs is charged by an unspoken connection. It's…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    When an artist releases a work that is deemed to be a failure both critically and commercially it can ruin the creator. David Lynch's ' Dune' was ruined by the studio : extremely badly edited and ultimately deemed a box office failure, with Lynch disowning the finished piece. A lot of directors would have no doubt quit through bruised dejection, so two years later to then release the masterpiece that is ' Blue Velvet' feels especially impressive.
    Lynch is a…