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  • The Snowman

    The Snowman

    ★★★★★

    MISTER POLICE.
    YOU COULD HAVE SAVED HER
    I GAVE YOU ALL THE CLUES.

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  • Jour de Fête

    Jour de Fête

    One of my favourite columns ever was in a Sight and Sound one (when I used to subscribe) called 'Object Lessons', where authors would pull out particular props and how they function in movies. The one was about bikes, re: (at least partly) about how cycling is this liberating experience of soaring where others walk, suddenly elevated above the logic of gravity and the concerns of the everyday. But also how they're also functional, necessary for typically working-class jobs (and…

  • Black Test Car

    Black Test Car

    ★★★½

    Concept's a total winner (a corporate espionage duekll between two car manufacturers about to launch Japan's first sports car), capturing the simultaneous frivolity of a group of big boys fighting a prank war over luxury goods, and the inevitably growing momentum that comes with capitalism being involved. Kind of stunningly vicious too, re: the place of women (and wives in particular) during this particular time/space. Reasonably thoughtful visual style too (almost like it's uncomfortable in widescreen, constantly filling half the…

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  • 3 Faces

    3 Faces

    ★★★★

    Fun blend of low-key, neorealist style and cheekily postmodern conceit here (the director and lead actor play themselves, skeptically investigating a suicide video sent to them by a frustrated acting student) - which provides just enough juice to keep a road trip around a rural village engaging. Mostly a careful check-in with how modern Iran is doing, but with sufficient sense of poetry to drive home how dissatisfying that must be for some. Very funny too, in interweaving city-versus-rural and…

  • Dance Academy: The Movie

    Dance Academy: The Movie

    Less dancing, fewer academies, and more terminal diseases than I expected.