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  • Starlet

    ★★★½

  • Big

    ★★★

  • The Servant

    ★★★★½

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

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  • The Great Silence

    The Great Silence

    ★★★★½

    Western Marathon | Film #23: The Great Silence (1968)

    The way Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence overturns the conventions and traditions of the entire western genre paves the way for a haunting, bleak and unforgettable story. The alpine setting of the Italian Dolomites turns out to be a beautiful stage for the snowy western that Corbucci used to completely contradict what most previous westerns, and even the spaghetti westerns, so proudly embraced: that the genre does not have to be…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    Catching up on Classics | List
    Film #32: The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

    The sheer humanity of Mikhail Kalatozov's WWII romance The Cranes Are Flying offers an integral contribution to post-WWII cinema. I am not too familiar with the output of Soviet filmmakers during that time, but The Cranes Are Flying was applauded for heralding a turning point in the reprocessing of the war, and as such still holds up to this day.

    Kalatozov looks into the lives of the…

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  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★½

    "He may be a servant but he's still a human being."

    A lesson in deceptive storytelling. Like Hitchcock's best, The Servant starts off captivating, yet puzzling, and soon derails into a psychological character study of meticulously arranged torment. The struggle for power and the classification of social class and hierarchical structures are portrayed in a suspenseful game of shifting dynamics and potentially sexually charged clashes.

    The performances by James Fox and, in particular, the masterful Dirk Bogarde are sublime and…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    "Actually, really knowing someone doesn't mean anything. People change. A person may like pineapple today and something else tomorrow."

    A sensual and deeply emotional film that captures what feeling is all about. Kar-Wai Wong portrays love as a fleeting gesture, a sense, a memory. But just when love can be the most beautiful thing to happen to someone, it can just as easily be a delusion, a mistake: for what if you fall in love not with the human being,…

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  • The Fearless Vampire Killers

    The Fearless Vampire Killers

    ★★½

    The Fearless Vampire Killers attempts to be one of the more high-profile versions of the classic undead-count-in-the-castle vampire story, directed and released by Roman Polanski at a time when the horror genre was still mostly reserved for B-movie productions.

    Taking us deep into the Transylvanian heart of Central Europe, Polanski managed to infuse the story with all the necessary atmospheric touches, only to commit the mistake of casting himself in the leading role. While Polanski should on paper be a…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★

    I expected a little more from a post-Endgame Marvel film that was supposed to kick off the fourth phase, essentially leading this giant project into a different direction for the future. Instead, Black Widow mostly exists to make up for the mistake of not having done this movie several years ago, and has little to retrospectively contribute to the existing collection of films and stories.

    Outside of the universe it desperately tries to fit into, Black Widow is an engaging…