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  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    Same story as with (the feature length) It's Such a Beautiful Day for me: if this were my first Hertzfeldt, I dare say I'd adore it. But that was Everything Will Be Ok, and for all the ecstatic aesthetic invention on display here, I'm not sure I took anything from World of Tomorrow I didn't already get from that first encounter*. He's a pretty singular filmmaker, Don, but I'm starting to worry that singularity's being exhausted on a single idea, however dynamically dressed-up it might be.

    * Sudden recollection that I saw Rejected before the lot; huh, make that "first positive encounter", I guess.

  • Weekend

    Weekend 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Jun, 2015

    It's always nice to have your take on a film subtly shift over multiple viewings to appreciate its nuance, but I can't help but look back on misreadings with a wince. To lament the film's dual normalisation of gay love and lust and its impassioned anger toward heteronormativity, as I once did, is rather to miss the point: we can't have this relationship just as the story of two people falling in love, because we haven't been allowed to. Haigh…

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  • Enter the Void

    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

    Werckmeister Harmonies 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2012 15

    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…