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Top 4 - favourites watched in March Around the World


2020 Challenges:
• At least 60 films directed by women

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  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★½

    Revisiting a film I last watched 8 years ago, during which time my tastes have changed and developed a hell of a lot. (I cringe re-reading old reviews from back then, especially stuff I rated 5 stars like the two missives that are still my most-liked reviews. Ugh.)

    Back then, I wrote "it's far from an enjoyable watch; a relentlessly bleak tale following the trails of a miserable, sardonic, antagonistic, unhinged arsehole who loves pushing people's buttons and riling them…

  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    ★★★★★

    March Around the World 2019 - Belgium (8/30)

    Marion Cotillard's performance is truly incredible in this beautiful film. Aided by the concise, powerful storytelling of the Dardenne brothers and universally excellent supporting performances, she is absolutely stellar as the film's lead, Sandra.

    So emotionally honest and deeply felt, subtle but so resonant, through heartbreak, self-pity & self-loathing, exhaustion, guilt, turmoil and anguish, but with such strength, resolve and ultimate conviction winning out. It's a staggering, pitch-perfect performance in an all-round incredible…

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  • She's Gotta Have It

    She's Gotta Have It

    ★★★

    Such a shame that the interesting premise - an independent, strong twentysomething women consensually dating three men at the same time - is marred by a very male, controlling and misogynistic perspective. It's so rare to see polyamory on screen, which is what I was hoping to actually see, rather than a film about shitty men being shitty. There's literally thousands of those!

    Maybe it's reflective of its era, and perhaps unfair to expect a 2020 understanding of non-monogamous relationships…

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

    Somehow both the least Jarmusch-y Jim Jarmusch film while also being unmistakably, idiosyncratically Jarmusch-ian? He's a weird dude but I like weird dudes who make weird films.

    As is often his style, it has the sensibilities and feel of European arthouse film but blended with Americana. His distinct humour is apparent, sharp and dry and deadpan. It's an odd, off-center kind of film, but still feels warm and familiar. And it's the margins of it all - the peripheral characters…

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  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    ★★★★★

    It seems reductive to compare something so fresh and original to other films, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang feels like a hybrid mix of Lethal Weapon, Out of Sight, Chinatown, Midnight Run and Tarantino movies. It's got that perfect "buddy cop" chemistry, the unravelling mystery plot, the noir-ish sensibilities, the smart meta dialogue and fourth-wall shattering, the riotous black humour, the sharp, lightning-quick quips, the note-perfect timing, the surprising violence, the stylish, inventive direction, the sublime casting, the highly watchable…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    For all the criticisms you can level at Quentin Tarantino as a writer and director, he's yet to make a bad or unenjoyable movie, and Django sits comfortably as one of his best and most entertaining films: a hugely enjoyable revenge story/spaghetti western, topped by outstanding performances and Tarantino's inimitably engrossing writing.

    It's hard to know what to write about specifically though: it's exactly what you'd expect from a Tarantino film (for the most part, at least). Not that that's…