My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage) (1973)

RENE LALOUX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/Czechoslovakia, 1973.  Argos Films, Les Films Armorial, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Ceskoslovenský Filmexport, Krátký Film Praha.  Screenplay by Roland Topor, Rene Laloux, based … Continue reading

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May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Who Wants To Kill Jessie (Who Killed Jessie) (Kdo Chce Zabit Jessii)

BB.5 (out of 5) Deliriously campy science-fiction film about husband and wife scientists who are both trying to make breakthroughs at work. The wife has created a serum that gives … Continue reading

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February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marketa Lazarova

BBBB (out of 5) A fascinating experience and an absolute challenge from beginning to end, though don’t take that to mean you should hesitate to watch this curious masterpiece.  It’s … Continue reading

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January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Closely Watched Trains (Ostre Sledovane Vlaky)

BBBB (out of 5) Jiri Menzel’s Oscar winning film is a poignant observation of the loss of innocence in a world going mad. A young man in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia goes … Continue reading

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November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Shop On Main Street (Obchod Na Korze)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A lazy, itinerant Slovak villager is given what he thinks is a golden goose when his Nazi-collaborating brother-in-law assigns him as the ‘Aryan’ supervisor of an … Continue reading

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October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Firemen’s Ball (Hori, Ma Panenko)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Small-town Czech firemen decide to host a ball in honour of their eighty-five year-old chairman, one in which they expect to pull off a lottery and … Continue reading

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July 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Loves Of A Blonde (Lasky Jedne Plavovlasky)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Deceptively simple charmer that takes place in a Czech factory town, where the women outnumber the men sixteen to one. The army has even placed a … Continue reading

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July 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Elementary School (Obecna Skola)

BBBBB (out of 5) Jan Sverak’s best film is this delightful memoir of growing up in World War II Czechoslovakia. A little boy lives in his small village with his … Continue reading

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July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment