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  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★★

    With each film of his I see, I edge closer and closer to officially naming Krysztof Kieślowski one of my favourite directors. It’s not really surprising, therefore, that returning to the first film of his that I watched - 1993’s Blue, the initial entry in the director’s tripartite swan song the Three Colours trilogy - I would be able to view it with a greater level of understanding and appreciation.

    The odd thing is that, looking at the four-star review…

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★★★

    There are many ways of looking at The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, but for the purposes of this review there are two in particular. One is as political allegory, in which capacity the film is practically the opposite of subtle, though it’s arguably this very lack of subtlety that makes Peter Greenaway’s metaphors so compelling and enjoyable to parse. The other way of looking at the film is as a formal exercise - and however one wants…

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  • The Cobweb

    The Cobweb

    ★★★½

    For a premise so stupid (a nursing home falls apart over the instalment of some new curtains), this is ridiculously compelling, even despite the fact that it has subplots coming out of its ears and never really learns how to juggle them effectively over its luxuriant running time. It's a beautifully designed film, as one would expect from Minnelli (he must have had a lot of fun with those print illustrations), and the performances are largely strong, though if I had to name a favourite it would be Lillian Gish, who spews out her lines with dictatorial venom.

    Ranking Vincente Minnelli

  • Un Flic

    Un Flic

    ★★★★

    AC truly AB. Also is it shallow of me that I vastly prefer the Melville of Le Samouraï, Le Cercle Rouge and this to the Melville of La Silence de la Mer and Léon Morin, Priest?

    Ranking Jean-Pierre Melville

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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    I've been feeling pretty crappy lately, and I've decided that, from now on, I'll watch a favourite of mine whenever I'm like this to remind me that all is not lost. I'm going to have a hard time topping tonight's selection, Singin' in the Rain - a film I more or less grew up with, which is something I'll be eternally grateful for. I can't imagine my life without this film, one of the happiest there is. Nor do I…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    As we are all aware, there are not enough reviews of Citizen Kane in the world, much less reviews that trumpet it as a timeless 5-star masterpiece. I’m only being half-sarcastic. It’s becoming increasingly common on Letterboxd (and I would imagine elsewhere on the internet) to do one of two things: praise the film simply because it’s Citizen Kane and what is one to do but praise Citizen Kane, or take the contrarian route and claim it isn’t half as…