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  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★★

    Out of a dream

    This spellbinding movie from that spellbinding film-making team (Powell and Pressburger) is another entry in the long line of literary and film stories that revolve around British restraint and repression unraveling under the force of mysterious foreign cultures (usually Eastern and frequently Indian), and it's one of the best.

    Powell and Pressburger are experts at using color. Instead of employing their Technicolor to simply make their film look pretty, the color almost becomes a character in…

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★★

    Dazzling

    If ever anyone queries whether cinema is an art form, you can do worse than pointing them to this movie. In my opinion, it is quite simply the perfect combination of story, script, actors and cinematography ever committed to celluloid.

    The story of a doomed bomber pilot who is missed by his heavenly conductor in the English fog during the second world war, and his subsequent brushes with the celestial authorities (or is it in his head) is played…

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    A gripping expierience from start to finish.

    To me, this movie is Kurosawa at his best and most subtle. Every shot is composed, measured, and done just right. Not all films have to have bombs exploding, chase scenes, or a few good scares to affect you. Sometimes just a man on a train en route to what he knows will be a catastrophe to him and his world is enough to make you thank the heavens for a story well told.

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★½

    Touchingly intimate 

    Interweaving social and political events into a very personal experience, the film touches us with it’s lyricism, the authenticity of it’s awareness, and it’s genuine caring for it’s characters. Though sweeping in scope, it is full of touchingly intimate moments and for all the tough talk of the gang members, the charachters have an endearing sweetness and innocence, sadly lost forever in a thoughtless moment.