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The Grand Budapest Hotel Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.” Watching The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) by Wes Anderson felt exactly like peeking into the doll house I used to play with as a kid. This is of course a trademark of Anderson, who is known for his use of hand-made art direction and self-contained… Read More

Dr Strangelove Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “Gentlemen! You can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish playwright known for his satirical comedies, once wisely said: “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” Nothing is more befitting to summarize Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece: Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) as much… Read More

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The Salesman Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait The Salesman (2016) by Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian drama film that blends neorealism, with a dash of dark comedy and suspense, making the film a unique exploration of human psyche. What does it mean to be an empath? And can one be empathetic to oneself?  The film narrates the story of a married couple, Emad and Rana, who are also stage actors rehearsing an… Read More

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In the Mood for Love Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “You notice things if you pay attention.” Set in 1962 Hong Kong, In the Mood for Love (2000) by Wong Kar-wai demands the viewers’ full attention from its very beginning, as one tries to work out how the story will unfold, only to have their expectations reversed, every single time.  Two couples move on the same day to the same building, in… Read More

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Les Rendezvous de Paris (1995) by Éric Rohmer I am lucky today as it happens that the first film I’m writing about is my new favourite film. I never had a favourite film before (there seems to be way too many good films out there!) but this one ticks all boxes: Neat cinematography, mind-provoking dialogue, decent performance and a heart-warming setting. What more can one ask for? I. “I got off the metro,… Read More

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