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  • The Damned

    The Damned

    ★★★★½

    Wow, a renewed love for Visconti- at his best when at his most unforgiving and unsentimental. Greenaway definitely took a lot from this in Cook/Thief - from the technicolour lighting to the unredeemable portraits of humanity.

    Aside from the somewhat naive attempt to illustrate the whole Nazi worldview through the confines of one bourgeois family, there were so many great moments - the Marlene Dietrich drag performance by the sublime Helmut Berger; the alpine SA getaway, where the perfect pseudo-Greek…

  • Duvidha

    Duvidha

    Fell asleep watching but seemed an appropriate film to do so. most divine closeups. a phantom falls in love with a merchant's wife; emotion punctures the spirit world like a jewel in a veil.

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  • La Collectionneuse

    La Collectionneuse

    ★★★★

    One week in summer, a pair of critics spend a holiday pottering around Haydee's museum. Haydee's collection disturbs the men because it is supposedly indiscriminatory: library w/out codex, archive without arkhé. But can any collection exist if not animated by some organising principle ( 'je ne suis pas collectionneuse, je cherche')? Some quest upon a thing unknown, a search for something unclassifiable which not only escapes the bounds of the collection but threatens its very existence?

    A 1000yo vase which…

  • Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso

    ★★★★½

    Not meaning to deep out on everyone re porco rosso, but this is a near perfect movie imo. taking its cue from bizarre war movies like Imamura's Pigs and Battleships, it casts the mood of Japan's own reflections of World War II onto 20th century conflict in Europe. War while horrific is intoxicating, embodied by the image of the fighter pilot flying towards the sun - an image of ascension and glory. but this is coupled with the brutal reality…