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  • The Dirties 2013

    ★★½ Added

    Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"

    There’s promise to spare in The Dirties, Matt Johnson’s determinedly daring found-footage school shooting film, and alas that remains the case once the movie’s over too. It’s a commendable concept, make no mistake, and one mounted with a mix of humour and heart that’s nothing if not impressively delicate. It’s also, though, a slave to the setbacks of so many its ilk where the teen video-cam diary conceit is concerned: be…

  • Milius 2013

    ★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"

    Conspicuously keeping its subject off-screen without explanation as though expecting us to be shocked when his fate’s revealed, Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson’s documentary profile of ‘70s cinema renegade John Milius isn’t as well-conceived as even the worst of his work, but it’s a fitting tribute to a singular screenwriter all the same. That’s the role for which he’s best remembered, his contributions—credited or no—to Jaws and Apocalypse Now ensuring a…

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  • Enter the Void 2009

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2012 19

    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…