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  • Chinatown
  • La Dolce Vita
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

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  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★½

  • Spencer

    ★★★

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★

  • The Dictator

    ★★

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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★★★

    The Leopard is what you call an epic, a sweeping drama with a focus spanning on different generations of an aristocratic family in a changing historical landscape. Very few films out there look this good, 3 straight hours of visual beauty thanks to the illustrious costume/set design and the colourful cinematography. Visconti injects enough heart and soul into his story here to make the 3 hours fly by. The story is one of opposing outlooks, with the young (Delon and…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    This film still doesn’t get enough credit in my eyes. Every gangster film before this glorified gangsters in one way or another, but Leone completely ends that part of the genre in a similar way he did with Once Upon a Time in the West 16 years earlier. This is a grimy, honest and unsympathetic look into the myth of the American dream from the eyes of a european. The figures here aren’t obsessed by family/loyalty but rather by their…

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  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★

    This film is so much more than a coming of age film or a roadtrip film. It encompasses what makes life so special; adventure and discovery. Once you stop flowing with the winds of life, are you really living? Beautifully acted, shot in a Lubezki manner but maintaining that gritty Mexican style and with 3 well defined characters with fully completed arcs. Cuaron did an amazing job here, and if it were a little less sex orientated at times and there was a more defining score, it would be getting an even higher rating.

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★

    Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s ‘Drive My Car’ is a slow burn philosophical enquiry into grief, human connection and rebirth. The absolute best part of this film is the script, every character is beautifully thought out with a purpose and every scene adds something to the wider portrait. The cinematography is stunning and the performances across the board are spot on. The film definitely requires patience and attention, but it’s atmosphere traps you in its spell and allows pure catharsis with the characters…