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  • Valmont

    ★★½

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★½

  • The Female Closet

    ★★★

  • Circumstantial Pleasures

    ★★½

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  • Valmont

    Valmont

    ★★½

    Forman's take on liasons dangereuses. Depraved French aristocracy in the 1700's. It looks good and has fine acting especially in the two lead roles, but remains too much on the safe side to really grab the attention.

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★½

    The first post-Connery Bond was a pleasant surprise. Where 'You Only Live Twice' was a mindless action-fest, this one offers a more mature story (for a Bond at least). The focus is back on Bond as a capable officer and his abilities to find out and neutralize a threat. It is much less action-packed and actually offers a female part that is more than eye candy.

    There are of course still problems with this: Lazenby is not a good actor, and with its more detective like approach it does drag in places, but this is probably still the best entry since Goldfinger.

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  • Malmkrog

    Malmkrog

    ★★★½

    An Eastern European 3+ hour film featuring people around a dinner table discussing morality and religion. I would love to have been in the room when the idea was first pitched.

    There is something strange about this film. The complete lack of action is a feature, yet I could not stop watching. I lost the thread of the conversation a few times, but kept getting sucked back in. Everything is filmed in long, static shots (the director making sure the…

  • The State I Am In

    The State I Am In

    ★★★★½

    I must have seen this film a year or two after it released, when it aired on public television. I liked it then, and once in a while it popped into my head again, that film with the German family on the run. Figuring it was one of those non-US films that gets a year or two before it disappears I never made a serious effort finding out the title because chances of finding it anywhere were very small. When…