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  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    ★★★★

    Although a much more conventional movie than director Ciro Guerra's last, Embrace of the Serpent (this film's co-director Cristina Gallego acted as producer on the earlier film), without it's monochrome aesthetic or Altered States style hallucinogenic scenes, Birds of Passage is also a generation spanning tale of the corruption of a disappearing culture. 
    The film follows Rapayet, a young man in a close knit Wayúu community who turns to drug running to pay the dowry for his bride, and then…

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    Happy as Lazzaro

    ★★★½

    Perhaps it’s a mere coincidence that the two biggest films that Italy brought to last year’s Cannes Film Festival both centred around simple-minded innocents whose kindnesses are exploited by those around them and who rescue chihuahuas. The film also has a close relative in Vittorio DiSica's Miracle in Milan. Like Dogman and the DiSica film, this falls just slightly short of greatness but produces some truly magical scenes along the way. 
    The title character Lazzaro is a farmhand in an…

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  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★½

    This was one of my most anticipated movies of the last year, since it’s Norwegian and I’m in Switzerland I didn’t get to see it in theatres, which is a shame as a lot of it would’ve looked great on a big screen.
    The film follows Thelma, a young Christian girl just arrived at university who begins to experience seizures and later strange, troubling phenomena after she begins to fall for a girl in her class. It’s a bit obvious…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    When Paul Thomas Anderson released Inherent Vice, I wasn’t quite sure whether his stoner noir showed some kind of profundity or was just completely up its own. The jury is still out on that film but I have absolutely no hesitation saying that this movie is just terrible. Ungodly awful from beginning to end. 
    The film follows Sam, the least likeable movie protagonist since Jack in The House That Jack Built, a jobless loser who spends his days ogling women…