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  • Drive My Car
  • High and Low
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Sherlock, Jr.

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  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

  • Grace Jones: A One Man Show

    ★★★★½

  • Attack the Block

    ★★★★

  • Casino Royale

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  • Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands

    Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands

    ★★★½

    This is better! It doesn't feel like imitation in the way that its predecessor so often does - maybe that's a testament to Refn maturing as a filmmaker in the interim between the two installments.

    Mikkelsen does a LOT of the heavy lifting here. I am big on Edvard Munch (this is going somewhere I promise!) We all know The Scream, of course, and actually Mikkelsen, with his shaven head and angular cheekbones, sort of does resemble its wailing figure…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★½

    I haven't seen this in a while, but I watched a clip of it today with my dad (he's a film studies teacher, it's on the syllabus) and was startled by quite how vivid the film as a whole remains in my mind. I haven't watched it in full for months. Trying to recall it conjures that very specific feeling wherein you cast your mind back to a childhood memory and wonder if you can really, genuinely remember it, or…

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    "Women's legs are very sexy," - Cop 663 (Tony Leung) - so true king!
    Stuck this on as a comfort film and decided to take the plunge and bump it up to 5 stars, if only for the second half. Simultaneously tender AND funny AND lamenting. Tony Leung's eyes in that final scene with Faye Wong...🥺 an actor!

  • Grace Jones: A One Man Show

    Grace Jones: A One Man Show

    ★★★★½

    Grace Jones is one of our last living idols, in the truest sense of the word. A trailblazer, a mythological figure, an iconic iconoclast of the highest order. Gaga, Rihanna, Janelle Monaé and many more have pilfered liberally from Grace, but arguably, none have ever outdone her. In this 40 minute extended music video, Grace is 100% Grace, and it's dazzling. She's beyond beauty, beyond gender, almost beyond human. Art does not imitate life for Grace, life imitates art. That…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    The film entirely responsible for my love of cinema, this remains stupefyingly fantastic - a ludicrous, delightful confection of a film always at risk of folding in on itself like a collapsed choux pastry.
    I would argue that even detractors of Anderson's signature style might find it justified here, given that the bulk of the narrative is a man fictionalising his own life, transfiguring what is actually a rather miserable story plagued by war and death into a rollicking adventure…

  • Pulp - F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.I.V.E.

    Pulp - F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.I.V.E.

    ★★★★½

    High quality footage, decent sound, and Pulp at the peak of their powers. Excellent stuff.

    I felt personally victimised by Jarvis Cocker's remark that "they're filming this tonight...but it's better to be here, isn't it?" - listen, mate, I wasn't even born when these concerts were filmed. I'm doing the best I can. No need to rub salt into the wound.