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  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    “He won’t even know your name.”

    Pretty sure we had the motion blur on but no matter.

  • Requiem for a Gringo

    Requiem for a Gringo

    ★★★½

    “Hello Corbyn.”

    Whilst Samurai films have been successfully translated into westerns before, Harakiri isn’t necessarily one that I would go for as easy material - the source material is so entrenched in Japanese history and politics that it would be a very impressive thing to pull off whilst maintaining Kobayashi’s anti-authority tones and critiques of existing power systems.

    Requiem For A Gringo does not quite go for that. There’s only a passing resemblance to the 1962 film until we near…

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  • The Ballad of Narayama

    The Ballad of Narayama

    ★★★★

    Imamura's version of the story in comparison to Kinoshita's reveals a showcase of the differences of the New Wave and Golden Age film.

    Instead of Kabuki and the use of humanism there is a far more realist approach both in direction and performance that allows for a cold detached gaze. For Imamura, people are no different to the animals they co-habit with in which survival is the main objective.

    And thus, sex and death become two of the strongest themes…

  • The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina

    The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina

    ★★★½

    "That was ventriloquism."

    Probably the best episode.