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  • Goodbye to Language 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 May, 2014

    Reviewed for Cinema Scope here.

    That's ~7% of what I currently have to say about this film. I'm by no means "a Godard," (of the 19 other features of his I've seen to date, my current second favourite is Alphaville, which scores a stingy 6.7 on the Richter scale) but for my money this is, in 2014 and ~3250 films into my cinephilia, the greatest cinematic achievement I have seen. That it made me burst into tears, for reasons still…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2013

    Reviewed for Cinema Scope here. If I sound awfully negative in a review for a film that currently sits in my Top 10 of 2013, it's because most of the film's pleasures are--by design--experiential; by the time I wrote this, that had all worn off, and I was only left with its ideas, which, well...

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  • Leviathan 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Sep, 2012

    For all the talk about consciousness, environment, and labour that is getting tossed around with this one – all of which, don’t get me wrong, are among the major themes here – the project seems to be first and foremost an attempt at recalibrating viewers’ sense of gravity. Functioning as a quasi-sequel to Michael Snow’s landmark (pun kind of intended) La région centrale, Leviathan thrashes the camera erratically in any and every which direction; space is spun, flipped, and exploded…

  • Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2012

    Also, this: cinema-scope.com/currency/spring-breakers-harmony-korine-us/

    As much as I wanted to give up on Harmony Korine after Trash Humpers, he’s too in-tune with the cultural zeitgeist to ignore his work, and Spring Breakers underlines this claim. Essentially the same film as Humpers, Korine improves on that film here by correcting one essential trait: what was grotesquely hideous, grating, and ostentatiously low-grade is now euphoric and drenched in a gorgeous, neon HD glow. The central trio of girls form a Feuilladian gang of…