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backtrack; Lock, stock and two smoking barrels (1998)

A rather complicated heist-gone-wrong plot involving a motley bunch of unsympathetic, colourful criminals successively killing each other off. No more, no less. Brutal comedy. In my book of shameless entertainment.

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backtrack; RoboCop (1987)

Humanity, anyone? This was probably my first exposure to Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, and I remember having mixed emotions. In the end, though, his pervasive simplistic cheesiness couldn’t fully obliterate the gripping, chilling, and at times even thoughtworthy qualities. A violent futuristic vision to enjoy, fear, and … Continue reading

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backtrack; Amarcord (1973)

In his Academy Award-winning masterpiece, master auteur Federico Fellini is at his peak, remembering and romancing about the seemingly eternal immaturity of Italy and its odd citizens. Recklessness, cruelty, and sweet nostalgia are mixed in a bizarre, almost surrealistic semi-autobiography. A … Continue reading

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backtrack; Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The roadmovie is a great vehicle (sorry about the awkward metaphor) for many kinds of stories. This dramedy of winners and – mostly – losers is decidedly family-oriented, though not necessarily fit for the whole family to watch. Irreverent, funny, touching. … Continue reading

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backtrack; Αλέξης Ζορμπάς [Zorba the Greek] (1964)

I personally find Anthony Quinn’s obnoxious character more than a little annoying, but this is still a charming, strange – and occasionally terrible! – morality play. Laughing carelessly in the face of adversity is a lesson of life that perhaps should not be … Continue reading

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backtrack; Man of the west (1958)

A ruthless and distorted look at family values. With a reputation that has been growing steadily over the years, this uncompromising western feels exceedingly and almost shockingly cruel for its time. The troubled man haunted by his dark past is both … Continue reading

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backtrack; The constant gardener (2005)

This political thriller is a somewhat different kind of John le Carré story, replete with cynical pharmaceutical business in an african setting, idealistic activism, and a dogged search for the real truth. Very bleak in outlook and equally energetic in … Continue reading

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