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  • The Death of Louis XIV

    The Death of Louis XIV 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 19 May, 2016

    Went long on this in Cinema Scope magazine

    ... "Quite movingly, Louis XIV urgently records and archives the presence of a man—an actor—whose entire life has been filmed and projected as extensively as was probably possible for someone of Léaud’s generation. As much as we know about the phenomena of performance and contrived behaviour, there are facts of simply being and doing something in front of the camera that communicate magnitudes beyond whatever Serra might have instructed Léaud to do…

  • Risk

    Risk 2016

    ★★★ Watched 19 May, 2016

    "Risk mimics, perhaps not inadvertently, the ten-chapter structure used for Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (unveiled at Sundance earlier this year) to deliver a far more chilling encapsulation of the unstable world that the Information Age hath wrought. Poitras moves linearly from Cablegate — where we see Assange on the phone earnestly trying get on the line with Hillary Clinton — through to Assange’s ongoing limboed existence at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. "Cameraperson” Kirsten…

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  • Goodbye to Language

    Goodbye to Language 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014 7

  • Goodbye to Language

    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…