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  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies 2015

    ★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2016

    There's classicism, in art, and then there's conservatism.

  • Tokyo Godfathers

    Tokyo Godfathers 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2016

    If I don't dream tonight of the Eiffel Tower dancing to a funky Japanese update of Beethoven's 9th, I shall feel sorely cheated. That closing credit moment, I confess, was the sole time I was truly taken with Tokyo Godfathers, swept up and away rather than sat there quietly appreciative. That's no complaint; Kon's cooked up a lot to be contemplative about here, even if I'm not so interested in the narrative games he plays en route to expressing it.

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  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void 2009

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2012 21

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2012 14

    Why do I hold Werckmeister Harmonies aloft as the greatest film I have ever seen? A huge part of it, admittedly, and the thing that makes me think it will remain my favourite film to the day I die, is its profound personal relevance. I first saw the film about 5 years ago now, at a time when my interest in cinema was in the very very earliest stages of blossoming. It blew me away. Takes that long, images that…