Two Days, One Night (2014) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne Spoilers What the Dardenne brothers capture so well in their films is what the best Italian neorealist films (particularly De Sica's & Visconti’s films) capture, the feeling of being trapped and the futility of trying to escape. Although it was their previous film The Kid With a Bike that explicitly... Continue Reading →


Angel Face (1952) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Otto Preminger  Spoilers Yet another Preminger film that's just short of working. There’s no doubt all his films possess an unmistakable and unique style, full of kinks and quirks. It’s a style that puts him in the upper echelons of Classic Hollywood auteurs for some, but for me they come from a place... Continue Reading →

Match Point (2005) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Woody Allen Spoilers Indicated  Woody Allen’s oeuvre is so large at this point that you can compare any one film to another. In fact you can split his films into three general categories. There’s the Annie Hall style rom-com, the genre (usually fantasy) film like The Purple Rose of Cairo and Sleeper, and,... Continue Reading →

Pale Rider (1985) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Clint Eastwood  Spoilers Pale Rider, the first of Eastwood’s only two notable post-70s westerns, sets itself up to be a more comedic take on the same principles as the second of Eastward’s only two notable post-70s westerns, Unforgiven. In fact the comedic elements are played so straight that it’s hard to be sure... Continue Reading →

Identity (2003) ⭐️⭐️

Directed by: James Mangold Spoilers Indicated Identity opens with a punchy little sequence in which we cut back in time whilst being introduced to some of the main characters. It’s a pithy sequence, but it’s only used during those first moments and in light of the narrative developments seems out of place, both thematically and... Continue Reading →

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