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  • Starry Eyes

    Starry Eyes 2014

    ★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2015

    Another day, another ho-hum horror to make me seriously sceptical of any popular good word within the genre. A strong central performance and committed direction can't overcome the issues of a supporting cast that's dedicatedly inexpressive and a central conceit that might, at best, be excused as earnestly overzealous. It's just a hot mess, really, neither able to sell its subtlety-free allegories for more than a second nor skirt the sense that its visceral provocation—like so much of its makeup—is anything more than an indulgence in commercially-viable cliché. Snore.

  • Goodbye to Language 3D

    Goodbye to Language 3D 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Mar, 2015

    I've scoffed at Godard's soi-disant radicalism before, but there's something about, y'know, actually seeing a movie within the context it's addressing that really emphasises the enormity of what's going on. Not too keen on this genre? Close an eye, try another! Sick of the male gaze? Shut that lid, look to wangward! Not entirely on-board with everything that's going on here, but happy to hold my hand up high and call myself a convert.

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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…