Widsith

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Favorite films

  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Casablanca
  • La Lectrice

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  • Before Sunrise

    ★★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

  • Bombshell

    ★★★½

  • Cat People

    ★★★

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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★½

    This film had me in tears early on, even before they got off the train, and I wasn't entirely sure why: something about it really affected me, I felt instantly emotional about it. Maybe just the personal connections, as I spent my late teens and twenties travelling around and falling in love in strange foreign cities. I've been very lonely in Paris and Florence and danced all night with someone in Quito and kissed a girl on a rooftop in…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

    The final third of this is pretty good, when it leans into the horror and you get some classic chase sequences, zombie breakouts, and an emotional arc for Wanda that is at least quite moving in parts. But the first hour or more of this film is just bad. There's nothing wrong with Raimi's direction, he simply doesn't have a very good script to work with. Wanda goes from sympathetic to ‘evil villain’ in the space of a single conversation,…

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  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★

    I was unbelievably frustrated that we never found out the answer to the crossword clue Tony was puzzling over:

    It's waxed, so will soon wane (5)

    Frustration is very much to the point, of course. (And so is the clue on its own: one thing that has waxed and will soon wane is Tony's power over Barrett.) The whole film feels a bit like an elaborate crossword clue, thanks mainly to Dirk Bogarde's brilliantly ambiguous performance, which even at the…

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★

    I liked the fact that Kent Smith's character is called Oliver Reed; now that would have been a nightmare marriage, never mind the ancient Serbian curses.