City of Ghosts (2017)

A film I would urge everyone to see yet, due to the graphic nature of some of its footage, I would find it very difficult to recommend. As heartbreaking as it is courageous and powerful, City of Ghosts is a story of incredible human bravery in the face of intolerable human cruelty. And it shook […]

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Black Orpheus (1959)

Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus, though somewhat dated and usurped by time, still offers the sensual delights of Carnaval, toe-tapping samba, heart-pounding batucada and a colourful visual tapestry of Brazil that has yet to be assailed in his retelling of the classical myth. Set over three days leading up to and including the Rio de Janeiro […]

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The Age of Shadows (2016)

Loosely based on actual characters and events, director Kim Jee-woon’s taut and bloody thriller rushes from one great set piece to the next in a dizzying and hypnotic tale of patriotism and self-interest. Set in the first half of Japan’s 35-year occupation of Korea, Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho) is a captain in the occupying force’s […]

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Symbol (2009)

A man awakens in a large, empty, white room. There are no doors in the room, no windows and, seemingly, no ceiling. Eventually the man discovers a small protuberance, like a little toggle-switch atop a balloon. Does he touch the object? Should he? Meanwhile, in a dusty small town in Mexico, a pudgy, masked Luchador […]

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