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  • 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…

  • Elle

    Elle 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2016

    "It’s a scenario that works because of, not in spite of, its surplus of contrived, thematically focused pieces at play, shooting exploitation genre elements at us from all sides, asking us to respond to the dissonance and discomfort we might feel when we see a woman getting what she wants, and getting what she wants via willful submission rather than some manufactured revenge fantasy. It’s a movie that wonders about how a predominantly Catholic culture can resist exoneration for some…

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  • Goodbye to Language

    Goodbye to Language 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014 8

  • 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…