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Planta 4ª (2003)

The Radetzky March has never been put to better use!

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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The Pledge for Mister Bunny (2013)

I absolutely adore this short film!

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Po strnisti bos (2017)

Gorgeous, gentle comedy. Also see "The Elementary School", to which this film was the prequel.

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Poil de carotte (1932)

Unmissable performances. A masterpiece.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Pojedeme k mori (2014)

Entertaining and highly watchable piece of fluff - though I did sometimes feel that I was viewing something like an extended Youtube video, which was slightly irritating.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Pokhoronite menya za plintusom (2009)

Utterly superb film based on Pavel Sanaev's humorous novel. Sasha Drobitko is just STUNNING as the little boy having to cope with his completely unbalanced and controlling grandmother (who is also very well acted). He really is an outstandingly good actor. A modern classic of Russian cinema. Unmissable.

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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

Now I'm going to stick my neck out and say that this is a BETTER film than "The Exorcist" (which was released around the same time). "The Exorcist" has a campy feel that makes it hard to take entirely seriously. "Joel Delaney" is much more cerebral and interesting, and includes a fascinating exploration of the religion of Santaría, amongst other things.

Twelve-year-old David Elliott is absolutely wonderful throughout. This film has only ever been released completely uncensored on an NTSC VHS tape, back in 1998.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Presence of Mind (1999)

Rather magnificent. Nilo Mur makes a wonderful Miles - and he speaks English very well (I half expected his dialogue to be dubbed, but this is very clearly not the case).

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Promis... juré! (1987)

Charming, unmissable comedy about the life of a French boy (wonderfully played by Michel Morin) and his interaction with his family and the other characters in his town during the Second World War and the Liberation.

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The Race (2009)

Utterly banal, the clichés build up to a risible crescendo of cliché in the finalé. Why not do something more pleasant than viewing this movie? e.g. place your genitals in a mincer?

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed Star 3 / 10
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Rascals and Robbers (1982)

A charming homage to Twain's characters. Patrick Creadon and Anthony Michael Hall are both excellent.

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The Reflecting Skin (1990)

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Reg'lar Fellers (1941)

A rather poor movie with a messy, unconvincing plot, and paper-thin characters. The only good thing about this movie is Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) singing "The Last Rose of Summer", as only he could. Indeed, it's probably worth seeing the film just for that. This was Switzer's first film after leaving the 'Our Gang' series, and really his genius deserved so much better than the terribly poor script he was handed here.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 4 / 10
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Respublika SHKID (1966)

This is a completely wonderful movie. I'm just in awe at how good it is. The story of the institute for juvenile offenders and homeless boys is told in a sequence of segments, with wonderful and believable characters, such as the one-eyed 'Mummy' (Aleksandr Kavalerov). It is an anti-authoritarian movie, as well (made at the tail end of 'The Thaw', roughly 1954-66), suggesting that the only way of making useful citizens out of people is to allow them to govern themselves. To give the movie anything less than 10 out of 10 would seem churlish. Also highly recommended, from the same period of Soviet cinema, "Welcome, or No Trespassing" (1964), with a similarly anti-authoritarian message.

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Revolution (1985)

The version I saw was the Director's ('Revisited') Cut. The actors are great, Sid Owen is a very handsome lad, the battle scenes are excellent, the scenery is gritty, dirty and realistic, and as a story of love between a father and son it is quite moving. Donald Sutherland's character is quite nuanced and his relationship with his drummer boy Ben does something to counter-balance the character of Lord Darling. On the negative side, it felt downright peculiar seeing the not-so-attractive Dexter Fletcher replace Owen as Ned in the last half hour of the movie. But overall, this movie is very much worth seeing.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Robin Hood Junior (1975)

Exuberantly silly.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Roman Mysteries (2007-2008)

Okay, I've only just begun watching this, but... A Jewish father and son are invited to dine at the home of a Gentile and the host serves them sea-snails - can you imagine any behaviour more insulting to a Jewish guest?!! The main girl character in the piece I find a little irritating. She has very 21st century attitudes as well - plenty of handwringing about slaves, and wanting to treat a slave as a friend. Yeah, right. Oh, and apparently people bathe (and swim) fully clothed as well. Basically, in terms of historical verisimilitude, it's sheer nonsense. Having said that... It is entertaining, in a funny way, and Harry Stott and Eli Machover are very likable as Lupus and Jonathan respectively. Just think of it as 21st century kids in Roman togs.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Ruined (2013)

What EXACTLY was the point of this film? Were we supposed to CHEER when Mr. Lewis repeatedly punches the boy's father in the face? If I were as much a CYNIC as my illustrious ancient namesake I might suspect that the whole purpose of this movie was to present the 'welfare services', the law and the judiciary in a benign light. None of it was very believable. And the whole thing is capped by some sanctimonious tripe about the grown-up son 'forgiving' his father. Lord, give me strength! The 'acting' oscillated between lamentable and cringe-worthy, before settling down to moderately embarrassing.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red Star 1 / 10
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S tebou me baví svet (1982)

A fluffy, insubstantial comedy, centred mainly around the spousal relationships of three married couples, with a bit of slapstick thrown in for good measure. Bafflingly popular in its native Czechoslovakia.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Salas u malom ritu (1976)

A truly wonderful film about three boys in a German occupied village in Yugoslavia during the Second World War. One of the boys takes revenge on the Germans for having been humiliated and hit by a German officer in front of others. This unleashes a chain of events that will transform the villagers' lives for good. There is a young German soldier, Sep, who seems gentler and kinder than the others, and clearly likes the boys, and the boys intuitively like him alone out of the German soldiers. The film grew from an earlier popular TV series on Yugoslav television.

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