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  • Hercules 1962

    ★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    We're off to a strong start with Werner's first: any auteurist will have a field day here with the early emergence of that inimitable ironic gaze of Herzog's. This one treads a delicately-balanced line between sly humour and surprisingly disturbing sentiment. Above all, it's the work of someone with a distinctly cinematic eye: see the interplay of sound and silence, the force of the cuts (there's some fascinating montage), the inextricably visual nature of the sharp little thesis it puts forward.

  • New York Stories 1989

    ★★★ Rewatched 04 Sep, 2014

    (only watched Oedipus Wrecks, sssshhhh)

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  • Enter the Void 2009

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2012 20

    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 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2012 12

    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…